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Claire Tabouret

February 21, 2013

A French-born and American-based artist, Claire Tabouret creates figurative paintings, drawings and sculptures that scrutinize identity, taking a closer look at childhood and its enigmas. Motivated by a sensitivity to the passing of time and the floodgates of vulnerability opened by human relationships, she depicts isolated individuals or groups.

Born 1981 in Pertuis, France, Tabouret currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her B.F.A. from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 2006 and studied at Cooper Union, New York, in 2005 as part of a study exchange program. She has exhibited internationally and has artworks in multiple museum collections.

Tabouret depicts children and women with mute faces, sometimes covered, made up or disguised. Her style is characterized by the use of loose expressive brushstrokes in a broad palette, mimicking both artificial and natural hues. She is best known for her ongoing series Makeup which depicts young women and girls with their faces smeared with cosmetics that references a child's first attempts at painting.