Cecil Touchon is a painter, performance artist, collector, draftsman, photographer, and curator. But it is through his collage work that he has made his most lasting mark. His collages are the seeds that grow into his other practices.
Touchon's paintings are abstractions based upon typography. Using the techniques of collage, he reassembles portions of letter fonts from billboards and printed material into pure abstractions that transform verbal language into a form of visual architecture.
His paintings use trompe l'oeil techniques to painstakingly create the illusion of large collage abstractions. They are characterized by warmly colored geometric shapes — overlapping rectangles and rounded wedges - that seem to revolve and recede into the background. The resulting works are a play of lightness and mass that are both visually striking and, because of the hints of letters, intellectually satisfying.
Cecil Touchon was born in Austin, Texas. His artistic inspiration was ignited early and explored throughout his childhood and into his young adulthood. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington. Throughout his career, which spans over 30 years, Touchon has been collected worldwide and figures prominently in the Massurrealism movement. Touchon is a founding member of the 1987 Post-Dogmatist Group as well as a respected member of the Art Mail and Fluxus communities. Touchon's work was exhibited in the 2001 and 2009 Venice Biennale and can be found in more than 45 corporate and international collections. Touchon's paintings are also in the permanent collections of The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chicago Art Institute and The Tate Modern.
2015 “Beyond Words” at William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas
The Fusion Series, Part 2 Sears Peyton Gallery, New York City, New York
"In a Broken Tongue" - Nuart Gallery - Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Unspoken Remains - Nuart Gallery - Santa Fe, New Mexico (May)
Channeling the West Tony Magar and Cecil Touchon at Laura Rathe Gallery, Houston (February)
Reduced to Silence - Quintenz and Company Fine Arts Aspen, Colordo
Cecil Touchon - New Works and Old Favorites - Emily Amy Gallery – Atlanta, Georgia
Fluxus Language/Taoist Geometry– Cohn Drennan Gallery – Dallas, Texas (two person show)
Typographic Abstractions - K. Imperial Fine Arts - San Francisco, California
The Art of Collage - Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The New Beautiful - William Campbell Contemporary Art - Fort Worth, Texas (March 2010)
COLLAGE - Sears Peyton Gallery - New York, New York ( Nov - Dec 2009)
Introduction of the book The Art of Collage
see Matthew Rose interview
Cecil Touchon and the Collage Museum at Emily Amy Gallery, Atlanta, GA -September
New Work - Gilman Contemporary - Ketchum, Idaho (November)
"Then and Now" - Longview Museum of Fine Arts - Longview, Texas
"Visual Poetry" William Campbell Contemporary Art (Feb 2006) Fort Worth, Texas USA
”All that Jazz” Cache Contemporary - (Feb 2006) Los Angeles, California USA
New Works - Cidnee Patrick Gallery - Dallas, Texas - January
1996 Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, TX
Selected Public Collections
MOMA – New York, NY
MOMA Library Manhattan, New York, NY
Emily Harvey Foundation – New York, NY
Mela Foundation, New York, NY
Studio One, New York, NY
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
Fogg Museum of Art Archive, Cambridge, Mass.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Research Library, Los Angeles, Ca
The Getty Research Institute - Los Angeles, Ca
Modern Realism, San Francisco, Ca
Chicago Art Institute – Chicago, Il.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Il.
Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Il.
Saint Louis Art Museum, Library, Saint Louis, Mo
Iowa State University - Fluxus Collection - Ames, IA
ATCA Special Collections, Iowa State University, Iowa City, Iowa
Avant Writing Collection - Rare Books & Manuscripts Library - at Ohio StateUniversity
Ohio State University Libraries, Rare Books and Manuscript Libraries, Columbus, Ohio
Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami, Fl
Ontological Museum, Fluxus Collections, Fort Worth, Texas
Longview Museum and Art Center – Longview, Texas
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Mn
The Tate Modern – London, UK
Tate Britain (Archive), London, UK
Museum Fluxus + - Potsdam, Germany
Artpool Art Research Center, Budapest, Hungary
TAM Archive, Breda, Netherlands
Szuka Fabryke /Archive, Tielrode, Belgium
Knud Pedersen Archive, Copenhagen, Denmark
E.O.N. Archive, Viareggio, Italy
Archivo Francesco Conz, Verona Italy
Sellem Archive of Experimental amd Marginal Art, Lund, Sweden
Joel Coen + Frances McDormand
The Mansion at Turtle Creek – Dallas, Texas
Quaker State Oil Company
FGIC, New York
UPS Atlanta Offices
AM South, Florida
American Airlines at DFW Airport
Addison Jet Port
United Airlines at Denver International Airport
William Noble Jewelers, Dallas
Longview Museum and Art Center
Hallmark Cards, Kansas City
Prudential Insurance Company, Prudential Plaza,Newark, NJ
Haynes and Boone, Dallas
Cargill Corporation, NM
J.P.Morgan Bank, (International Division), New York
Neiman-Marcus, New Jersey
Neiman-Marcus, Fort Worth
Nordstrom at Corta Madera,CA.
Nordstrom at The Woodlands, Texas
Nordstrom at Beverly Hills, CA
Nordstrom at San Juan, Puerto Rico
Swiss Banking Services
Fidelity Investments, Boston
Trans Texas Investments
Bank of Tokyo, New York
Am South, Burmingham, AL.
The Muse Hotel - New York City, New York
Mito Plaza Hotel - Kyoto, Japan
The Westin Hotel 292 5th Ave New York
American Express, NYC
Hampton Inn - Washington D.C.
Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas (2 black figures)
The Fairmount Hotel Washington D.C.
The Carlyle Hotel NYC
Metromedia Restaurant Group
2016 “Before the Beginning” Exhibitiom at Nuart Gallery May 27, 2016
New Work - bsgmodern - Atlanta, Georgia (September 2007)
New Work - The New Gallery Houston, Texas (June 2007)
New Work The Marshall Gallery Scottsdale AZ (Oct 2006)
"The Fusion Series" - Sears Peyton Gallery New York, New York (feb. 2005)
"New Collage Works by Cecil Touchon" - Casa del Artista - Cuernavaca, Mexico
Saks Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas arranged by William Campbell Contemporary Art Gallery - November
"Recent Works by Cecil Touchon" - Casa del Artista - Cuernavaca, Mexico
"Massurrealist Overload: A View from the Future" June Exhibition at the New Gallery in Houston, Texas.
2001 "At Play in the Utopian Matrix" Exhibition at William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth, Texas Nov.
2000 Edith Baker Gallery - Dallas, Texas - Oct. - Nov.
Exhibition at Sears/Peyton Gallery in New York City, Nov.-Dec.
Exhibition at the New Gallery in Houston, Texas. June - July
Studio Exhibition in Cuernavaca, Mexico - May
Exhibition at William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth, Texas Dec. 1998
Exhibition at the Edith Baker Gallery in the Spring 1998
1997 The New Gallery, Houson, TX
William Campbell Contemporary Art Ft. Worth, TX
The New Gallery, Houston, TX
Allene LaPides Gallery Santa Fe, NM
Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Allene LaPides Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas
'Trans-Temporal Dialog', Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas
The New Gallery, Houston, Texas
Elliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.
1991 Markel/Sears, New York, NYElliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.
1990 William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas
1989 Longview Museum & Arts Center, Longview, Texas
1988 William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas
1985 Read/Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
'Constructions' William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas
1984 Works On Paper- 280 Gallery, University Of Texas, Arlington,Texas