In the Studio: The Process of a Painting with Aurélien Couput

New American Paintings/Blog

The topic of visibility and invisibility is something I am really drawn to in art – what an artist chooses to make visible or invisible is a theme that I find to be fascinating, densely packed, and layered.

Aurélien Couput’s(NAP #99) painting Enola Gay falls in this category.  As the title suggests, the subject of his work is the Boeing B-29 bomber used to bomb Hiroshima.  However, Couput eliminates the object, central focus, and namesake altogether, shifting the subject of his work to the aftereffects brought on by Enola Gay.


Aurélien Couput | Enola Gay, 2012, Oil on canvas, 75 1/2 in. x 133 in.

In making Enola Gay invisible, Couput makes the horror, tragedy, and force of the event visible and central.  Below, we follow his progress and process of completing his painting, accompanied by his own words and sentiments. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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