Zach Touchon is an American contemporary abstract expressionist artist and muralist based in Los Angeles, CA. Besides that, Touchon is also an actor, singer, screenwriter, and writer.
Zach Touchon is an artist in the second generation. By rethinking abstract expressionism ideas, using different media he creates large abstract artworks along with small collages, huge murals, and interior installations. The main focus of his art is depth and space and finding a semantic and aesthetic balance between them.
As a muralist, Touchon joins the ranks of such great LA street artists as WRDSMTH, Retna, Shepard Fairy, and Dirt Cobain in making a contribution to the beautification of the city and drawing attention to sensitive, and topics of current interest.
Zach Touchon's works are a part of the private collections of the Vice Chairman at Sotheby's and Founder of Concrete Media Manhattan, Chairman of DPP Real Estate, and Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles Conservancy, Founder of Paper or Plastic Café and MiMoDa Studio, Architecture + Design Director at Compass Real Estate, Founder of EXPOSED Art Centre and SIX3NINE Personal Training, and many others.
Touchon also is an owner of Touchon&Co Gallery which has been located in Downtown
Los Angeles for 3 years and moved to Santa Monica in 2020. In 2021 the gallery had its relaunch under the name Touchon Gallery.
'Chaos and Control Theory'
This series is about depth and space. It’s about information overload, and what information looks like when you take out a meaning. I create lots of layers, using found materials and printed materials. I do an abstract expressionism painting on a surface first before I apply the printed and found materials. And then I begin to organize the surface, ultimately thinking about balance and flow and how the piece is going to contribute to a space it is going to be hanging in.
Within this series, the image happens in a moment -
I create geometric forms, combining them in eccentric and catchy compositions. Then I spend hours and hours perfecting the craftsmanship and attention to details and adjusting colors to create more balance and flow, more depth and space. Even though the works are
two-dimensional, a viewer can look into them,
can see “layers”.
This series adds actual depth and space and really focuses on being esthetically pleasing. I’m trying to step outside a square. The movement of the pieces is really happening, the shadows are there with a real 3D-effect. My next goal with this series is to make pieces gigantic.
This series is happening throughout the process. The works are multi-dimensional with depth and space. Primarily, in this series, I use a “drip” technique.
The first, blue piece "Rock Island" has a square in the middle, which not everyone sees, revealing, that there is something behind the surface.
This series is very minimalistic and interior. Most of the time, I use just two colors and work with geometric and abstract shapes. It doesn't appear as deep as the 'Chaos and Control Theory' series, although in some works I use the similar technique: I create an abstract expressionism painting on a surface first. And then I begin to organize the surface, ultimately thinking about balance and flow and how the piece is going to contribute to a space it is going to be hanging in.
Most of my artwork is based on balance and finding that balance working with depth and space, time and flow. My ultimate goal as an artist is to create a very relaxing feel and a meditative visual experience whenever you look at the works; to let a viewer get lost in the thought process following the flow of a piece. My second goal is to enhance the space with art – I’m confident that art should make a space it is inhabiting in better. The third goal is craftsmanship, quality, and attention to detail.
All my work has been process-driven as I identify myself as an abstract expressionist. I like things to happen in a moment or happen through a process. There is a kind of magic that happens when the composition reveals itself naturally through the process. Depth is created through the use of contrasting colors and shading, inviting the viewer to gaze into some other dimension. An intimate experience happens between the work and the viewer. Movement and flow are created through the use of stacking and repeating shapes on top of each other. The composition appears to be suspended, making the viewer feel as though they could stick their hand right through the surface.