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Claire Tabouret
B. 1981
signed, titled and dated 2016 on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
225 by 170 cm. 86 5/8 by 67 in.
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Lyles & King, New York
Night Gallery, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by the present owner


New York, Lyles & King, Casey Jane Ellison and Claire Tabouret, November - December 2016


Emily Steer, '5 Questions with Casey Jane Ellison and Claire Tabouret', Elephant, November 2016, online, illustrated in colour (in installation at Lyles & King, New York)

Catalogue Note

Commanding a serene calm of isolated bliss, Silence by Claire Tabouret is a romantic depiction of female confidence and sombre beauty. Seated in a defiantly suggestive pose and fixed with an accusatory gaze, the sitter is stripped and proudly exposing her chest. The dense surroundings engulf her in dramatically lush foliage, providing a naturally calm oasis of true escapism. The breathtakingly rich greenery, heavily painted in fluid layers, fails to distract from the forcefulness of the figure’s stare and supports and accentuates her powerful presence within the canvas.

Tabouret’s repertoire concentrates on women and children placed in eerie and demanding compositions, with the viewer’s attention drawn to their harrowing expressions of intensity and anticipation, frozen in desolate solitude. The figures are both dominating and allusive; with their pale complexions and expectant eyes interrogating the viewer for answers unknown. Tabouret’s paintings, realised on large scale canvases, are often fashioned from her archive of personal experiences and have most recently been exhibited this year in Avignon, France, as part of the historic Festival d’Avignon.

Silence is a dramatic and entrancing portrait created at an exciting peak of the artist's soaring career. The arresting figure, seated proudly and defiantly amongst the thick tropical growth, demands scrutiny, yet is unapologetically stoic in her full unyielding female brilliance.

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