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View of “Thomas Fougeirol,” 2016. Foreground: Untitled, 2016. Background, from left: Untitled (detail), 2016; Untitled, 2016; Untitled, 2016; Untitled (detail), 2016. Photo: Rebecca Fanuele.

Thomas Fougeirol

Praz-Delavallade | Paris

View of “Thomas Fougeirol,” 2016. Foreground: Untitled, 2016. Background, from left: Untitled (detail), 2016; Untitled, 2016; Untitled, 2016; Untitled (detail), 2016. Photo: Rebecca Fanuele.

Thomas Fougeirol is a painter who paints as if he were printing, meaning he uses paint to take imprints of actions and objects rather than using it to represent them. Channeling another French artist, Yves Klein, who famously attached canvas to the roof of his car in order to capture the effects of wind, rain, and dirt, Fougeirol has left paintings out in the elements. Whereas the moonlike cratered surfaces of his “Tableaux de pluie” (Rain Paintings), 2010–, document natural phenomena—rain falling on wet oil paint—the artist’s most recent works chart an intimate universe: his own studios in Paris and Brooklyn.

To make the predominantly black-and-white paintings, eight of which (all untitled, 2016) were on view in Fougeirol’s exhibition “OP’s,” the artist coated stretched linen with layer upon layer of white gesso and one heavy coat of oil paint, then scattered dirt and

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