A true legend of the European urban expression, Jean Faucheur is one of the pioneers of street art in France that launched many conceptual features that heavily influenced and shaped the way urban art looks today, as well as how its perceived. During the course of his long career, Faucheur worked in a variety of mediums including sculpture and photography that helped reinforce the creativity of his work. His most recognizable method is the cutting out, weaving and rearranging images that are assembled together to form a unique piece of art.
Reclaiming the Street
This artist was born in the year of 1956, in Paris, the City of Light. He earned his BA from the National School of Decorative Arts in 1979 where he received a classicly-oriented education. However, despite staying within the classical norms of art for the majority of his college days, Faucheur became one of the first artists in France who left the studio to put his art out in the streets. He immediately started using a technique that consisted of gluing large hand painted posters over commercial billboards throughout Paris. His urban initiative came to be known as Reclaiming the Streets and it had such a strong impact that emerging artists such as Claude Closky and Pierre Huyghe wanted to be a part of it. In 1984, he co-founded Les Frères Ripoulin (The Brothers Ripoulin), an artistic group often associated with the French art movement Figuration Libre (Free Figuration). A year later, he took part in a group show at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, an exhibition that housed the works of famous artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, Futura 2000 and Keith Haring. These artists later asked Faucheur to join them and spread his artworks around New York City.
Jean Faucheur is widely recognized as the European street art’s most essential innovator
Thom Thom, Le M.U.R and Later Career
Upon his return to France, Faucheur curated wild exhibitions in the Parisian subway and co-founded the Galerie J.M. Petras in Paris. However, he decided to put aside the urban work during the majority of the 1980s when he focused his efforts towards getting better at creating sculptures and paintings. He revisited Cubism and realized a series of pieces in the styles of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. It was not until the year of 2002 that Faucheur went back to the graffiti scene after a meeting with Thomas Louis Jacques Schmitt a.k.a. Thom Thom. The collaboration between two very distinct artists led to many collective urban interventions and exhibitions. In March 2003, this author founded Le M.U.R. – Association Modulable, Urbain, Réactif, a highly successful art project whose main goal was to promote contemporary urban art.
Before he started working with Thom Thom, Faucheur explored many techniques of sculpting, painting and photography
The Greatness of Jean Faucheur
It’s hard to just list all the achievements this artist had in the world of urban expression, let alone analyze them all. He traversed all techniques, all types of platforms and spaces, mixed and manipulated many materials to produce pieces of all shapes and sizes and ultimately became renowned for all of this. Very deservedly so, Faucheur is now considered to be a genuine legend and is widely recognized as someone without whom the European scene would not be quite the same.
This artist is represented by Galerie Mathgoth and Galerie Zimmerling & Jungfleisch.
Jean Faucheur lives and works in Paris, France.
- Faucheur, J., Une Nuit (Design Book), Kitchen93; Bilingual edition, 2007
Featured image: Jean Faucheur – Photo of the artist – Image via ambafrance-il.org
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