Michel Tabori

Tabori’s paintings depict symmetric transformations of fast moving action, landscapes and intimate portraits as seen and experienced both directly and through reflections of the subject’s surroundings.

Biography

Michel Tabori was born in Paris in 1956 and grew up in New York. He spent the better part of the last forty years working as an award-winning director, producer and cinematographer, living and working all over the world. Tabori began working as a visual artist a little over ten years ago, and is currently based in Los Angeles. The artist’s rapid maturity and clarity of vision in this medium are due, in part, to the fact that he has incorporated his cinematic expertise and visual creativity to his current process in painting. In fact, some of his earlier work started out as a series of photographs.

Tabori’s paintings depict symmetric transformations of fast moving action, landscapes and intimate portraits as seen and experienced both directly and through reflections of the subject’s surroundings through the use of paints, pigments, mixed media and polymer resin.

To start, pigment is applied to flat canvas mounted on panel and then again on layers of polymer resin, which throw tints and shadows onto the layers below them as more resin is added. The resin’s optical qualities develop a depth of field that intensifies the work. This technique also magnifies colors otherwise impossible to achieve by paint on flat canvas alone. As Tabori explains, “The surface of the canvas is never the primary focus. Nor is the use of resin as a finish. Instead, it is about continually shifting relationships between optics and pigment that interact not only on the canvas, but also with the reflections of light, movement and obscuring forms in the surrounding environment.”

As a cinematographer, Tabori was challenged by the task of taking three-dimensional subjects and depicting them in a life-like way, hopefully with some impact, on the two-dimensional surface of the movie screen. This was done with the careful use of light, shadows and of course, optics. He now utilizes these same techniques when working with color and resin on flat art. The results place the observer more into the work rather than just seeing it from a distance. Eventually he increased this effect by removing the work from the wall itself, and then painting and adding resin to free standing, two-sided panels that protrude into the space around it, thereby achieving an actual third dimension. Not just flat painting and not quite sculpture, the results allow the viewer to be incorporated into the center of the work itself, intensifying the experience of the subject, as it would out in nature, while creating a constantly changing, living interaction. The free standing panels can be installed on their own, then rotated on their stands if desired, or added to an assortment of wall mounted panels - whether it be a single piece or full array. 

Tabori’s more recent work came about while driving through densely wooded, western forests at high speed on a Harley Davidson. Endless configurations of passing multi-shaped greens, reds, oranges, yellows and blues of varying shades and tones, along with constantly changing, misty shadows and rainy reflections merged with intense rays of California sunlight or bright beams of penetrating moonlight. Conveying this in his paintings, they become a representation of the interplay of all these components. They re-create a feeling of motion through nature, in a way that the casual, stationary observer could never otherwise experience. The higher the speed, the more motion there is, the more powerful the experience becomes. 

Born

1956 Paris, France


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014  Reflections of Nature in Motion William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2014  In Search Of Lost Time, William Turner Gallery, Santa  Monica, CA

2013  Sex and Proust: Remembrance of Things Past, Dillon  Gallery, New York, NY

2010  Michel Tabori, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica

            Michel Tabori, Dillon Gallery, New York City, NY

2009  Three Days and Nights in the Desert, THE Edge  Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            No Time To Pretend, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2008  Solo Show, Dillon Gallery, New York, NY

2007  New Work II, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2006  New Works, Berman Turner Projects, Santa Monica

2005  New Work, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  Playa del Rey William Turner Gallery, Playa del Rey

2015   That’s My Trip, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

            Michel Tabori, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert

            Ethereal, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2013   Art Miami, Miami, FL

2012   Art Miami, Miami, FL

2011   Art Miami, Miami, FL

2010  Art Miami, Miami, FL

2008   Opening Exhibition, THE Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Opening Exhibition, Jett Gallery, San Diego

            Super Cool, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

            Liquid Light, Museum of Design Art and Architecture,

            Culver City, CA

            TEN, Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Finish Fetish, MMFA Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2007   The Art of Harmony, Zimmer Museum, Los Angeles

            Liquid Light, dba Gallery, Pomona, CA

            Reflections, Dillon Gallery, New York, NY

            Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL

            Art Now Fair, Miami, FL

            Red Dot Art Fair, Toomey-Tourell, New York, NY

2006  Abstract Notions, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside,

            Satellite Exhibition, Santa Monica, CA

            Bridge Art Fair, Toomey-Tourell, Chicago, IL


Selected Donations

Venice Family Clinic Venice, CA • Inner City Arts Los Angeles, CA • Zimmer Museum Los Angeles, CA • Doctors Without Borders New York, NY • UNICEF/UNIFEM New York, NY • International Rescue Committee New York, NY

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Selected Artworks

Redwood Nights

Redwood Nights

Mixed Media

74 x 38 inches

200364

Abstract Forest

Abstract Forest

Mixed Media

84 x 10 inches each

190046

Born

1956 Paris, France


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014  Reflections of Nature in Motion William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2014  In Search Of Lost Time, William Turner Gallery, Santa  Monica, CA

2013  Sex and Proust: Remembrance of Things Past, Dillon  Gallery, New York, NY

2010  Michel Tabori, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica

            Michel Tabori, Dillon Gallery, New York City, NY

2009  Three Days and Nights in the Desert, THE Edge  Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            No Time To Pretend, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2008  Solo Show, Dillon Gallery, New York, NY

2007  New Work II, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2006  New Works, Berman Turner Projects, Santa Monica

2005  New Work, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  Playa del Rey William Turner Gallery, Playa del Rey

2015   That’s My Trip, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

            Michel Tabori, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert

            Ethereal, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2013   Art Miami, Miami, FL

2012   Art Miami, Miami, FL

2011   Art Miami, Miami, FL

2010  Art Miami, Miami, FL

2008   Opening Exhibition, THE Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Opening Exhibition, Jett Gallery, San Diego

            Super Cool, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

            Liquid Light, Museum of Design Art and Architecture,

            Culver City, CA

            TEN, Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Finish Fetish, MMFA Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2007   The Art of Harmony, Zimmer Museum, Los Angeles

            Liquid Light, dba Gallery, Pomona, CA

            Reflections, Dillon Gallery, New York, NY

            Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL

            Art Now Fair, Miami, FL

            Red Dot Art Fair, Toomey-Tourell, New York, NY

2006  Abstract Notions, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside,

            Satellite Exhibition, Santa Monica, CA

            Bridge Art Fair, Toomey-Tourell, Chicago, IL


Selected Donations

Venice Family Clinic Venice, CA • Inner City Arts Los Angeles, CA • Zimmer Museum Los Angeles, CA • Doctors Without Borders New York, NY • UNICEF/UNIFEM New York, NY • International Rescue Committee New York, NY

Biography

Michel Tabori was born in Paris in 1956 and grew up in New York. He spent the better part of the last forty years working as an award-winning director, producer and cinematographer, living and working all over the world. Tabori began working as a visual artist a little over ten years ago, and is currently based in Los Angeles. The artist’s rapid maturity and clarity of vision in this medium are due, in part, to the fact that he has incorporated his cinematic expertise and visual creativity to his current process in painting. In fact, some of his earlier work started out as a series of photographs.

Tabori’s paintings depict symmetric transformations of fast moving action, landscapes and intimate portraits as seen and experienced both directly and through reflections of the subject’s surroundings through the use of paints, pigments, mixed media and polymer resin.

To start, pigment is applied to flat canvas mounted on panel and then again on layers of polymer resin, which throw tints and shadows onto the layers below them as more resin is added. The resin’s optical qualities develop a depth of field that intensifies the work. This technique also magnifies colors otherwise impossible to achieve by paint on flat canvas alone. As Tabori explains, “The surface of the canvas is never the primary focus. Nor is the use of resin as a finish. Instead, it is about continually shifting relationships between optics and pigment that interact not only on the canvas, but also with the reflections of light, movement and obscuring forms in the surrounding environment.”

As a cinematographer, Tabori was challenged by the task of taking three-dimensional subjects and depicting them in a life-like way, hopefully with some impact, on the two-dimensional surface of the movie screen. This was done with the careful use of light, shadows and of course, optics. He now utilizes these same techniques when working with color and resin on flat art. The results place the observer more into the work rather than just seeing it from a distance. Eventually he increased this effect by removing the work from the wall itself, and then painting and adding resin to free standing, two-sided panels that protrude into the space around it, thereby achieving an actual third dimension. Not just flat painting and not quite sculpture, the results allow the viewer to be incorporated into the center of the work itself, intensifying the experience of the subject, as it would out in nature, while creating a constantly changing, living interaction. The free standing panels can be installed on their own, then rotated on their stands if desired, or added to an assortment of wall mounted panels - whether it be a single piece or full array. 

Tabori’s more recent work came about while driving through densely wooded, western forests at high speed on a Harley Davidson. Endless configurations of passing multi-shaped greens, reds, oranges, yellows and blues of varying shades and tones, along with constantly changing, misty shadows and rainy reflections merged with intense rays of California sunlight or bright beams of penetrating moonlight. Conveying this in his paintings, they become a representation of the interplay of all these components. They re-create a feeling of motion through nature, in a way that the casual, stationary observer could never otherwise experience. The higher the speed, the more motion there is, the more powerful the experience becomes. 

Michel Tabori

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Michel Tabori

Tabori’s paintings depict symmetric transformations of fast moving action, landscapes and intimate portraits as seen and experienced both directly and through reflections of the subject’s surroundings.

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