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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 11 June 1953.

Painter, collage artist.

Michel Tabanou is primarily a collector, a painter whose work is based on accumulation, amassing a huge technical and physical repertory of material to create clever and unusual collages based on disparate elements such as decals, print-outs and original graphics. His images are abstract but also contrive to suggest a mixture of masts and rigging set in the context of an abandoned harbour or a deserted breaker's yard. This initial image is soon succeeded by another recurrent theme; that of two armies locked in battle. It is left to the viewer to interpret each canvas, reading, the images as one might turn the pages of a book....