Through Faurism (’fôrĭzǝm) Patrick Faure is exploring a new word, a new concept in art. Faurism refers to a visual arts style that expresses the convergence of dreams, sexual desire, knowledge and erudition. It is characterised by the juxtaposition of mythical phantasms and modern human condition imagery and is deeply rooted in philosophy.
From Surrealism to Faurism
A talented and successful artist, Patrick Faure was born in Monaco. During the 1980s and 1990s his realistic skills allowed him to become a leading painter of Native Americans, winning multiple awards for his portraits. In the last few years, Faure experimented with Surrealism, before inventing a style of painting he calls Faurism. His works, which include hidden philosophical messages, are in high demand and are making him one of the most intriguing artists of the 21st Century.
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Patrick Faure grew up in Monaco in a Franco-Italian environment. Receiving his formative education at the Lycée Albert 1er of Monaco, he became an exceptional language and philosophy scholar. His interest in the Socratic search for knowledge and his fascination for the Iliad and the Odyssey are a recurring theme of his paintings. A highly educated polymath, Faure holds advanced degrees from several universities, to include the prestigious University of Southern California.
In 1989, Faure had his first exhibition in Mons, Belgium, where he introduced the world to his portraits. He then participated in myriad shows in Europe and the United States. There, he displayed a series of paintings and portraits about the culture of the Warriors of the Plains. In 1990 he had a solo exhibition in Saratoga Springs, NY and was soon represented by Toad Hall in New York City.
Moving to Arizona, Faure gained recognition as a significant painter of Native Americans, and was dubbed ‘the Ghost Dancer’, bringing back to life long-forgotten warriors of the tribes. In 1993 he was a laureate of the Sierra Vista Clothes Line, a renowned international art exhibition about the Southwest. With his realistic and at times controversial paintings, Faure soon became one of the best known artists in Arizona, and his work has purchased by Pepsi-Cola, the City of Sierra Vista, and NATO.
While continuing to paint portraits, Faure also proposed highly realistic Formula 1 paintings that build on his passion for the sport. Nevertheless, inspired by Paul Delvaux, Faure started working on his transition to Surrealism, and he painted the popular painting ‘The Century Plant’. The work is part of a search to create a new form of artwork, which culminated with paintings such as ‘Don Goyo’ or ‘Manigance’.
Dissatisfied with the surrealistic concepts, Faure developed the framework that supports his latest work and integrates elements of Greek philosophy and myths together with the visionary thinking of Kafka and Camus. This marked the beginning of his journey from Surrealism to Faurism, a visual arts style that expresses the convergence of dreams, sexual desire, knowledge and erudition. Faurism is characterised by the juxtaposition of mythical phantasms and modern human condition imagery. It is deeply rooted in Platonic philosophy and builds on the Myth of the Cave, where Plato suggests that there is a reality outside of human experience. This is the genesis of Faurism.
Faure continues to challenge our understanding of the human condition, and has unveiled paintings such as ‘The Temple of Mars’, ‘The Death of Hector’, or ‘Because she is a woman’. These controversial and graphic paintings are highly critical of the addiction of humans for war, and challenge the place of women in our society.
Melding the newest astrophysics discoveries with the mystery of the origin of life Faure now poses the question of the interrelationship of man and cosmos. In a painting like ‘The Red Planet’, he establishes the direct link between our planet and the galactic world in an uncomfortable vision that matches Olaf Stapleton’s. ‘The Wings of Fascism’ confronts the audience with the chilling reality that extra-terrestrial life is not benign and that our encounter with such life has always had catastrophic consequences.
In the forthcoming months, Faure has an extensive program of shows in London, New York, Washington DC, and Saint Tropez. He is represented by Artography in New York City that distributes his prints on a worldwide basis, and by Global Contemporary Art Monaco/London. Faure is also represented by various galleries all around the world.
Faure is the published author of four books: ‘A Summer in Limousin’, ‘Born in Monaco’, ‘The Datura Solution’ and ‘Anton Mueller’. He has illustrated many articles and been published in many magazines, the latest being the ‘Best of Italy Race’ magazine (August 2017), and the Riverside Journals (September 2017).
He lives in London with his British-Turkish partner, while his three adult children live in the United States.