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French artist Philippe Cognée lives and works in Nantes, France and exhibits widely throughout Europe. Cognée’s paintings focus on seemingly banal subjects, such as libraries, supermarkets, cityscapes and anonymous crowds. However, with the use of encaustic painting techniques, Cognée accentuates his themes of anonymity, intimacy, and ambiguity, while also achieving a tactile quality. Cognée draws from images in the press, television or his own photography to select compositions for his paintings. The photographic images are merely the beginning point as he then uses thick applications of paint and wax to recreate the forms and contours within each scene to cause the already anonymous people and locations to meld together further and become even more blurred and muddled.