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Jean Faucheur/ Jean Faucheur

France 1956

Street Art, Installation, Sculpture

www.jeanfaucheur.net

Jean Faucheur
Jean Faucheur
Male
France
1956

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.

Rue Lestiboudois - Image via openbarmagfr
Jean Faucheur – Rue Lestiboudois – Image via openbarmag.fr

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

Le Mur - Image via imagestolivebycom
Jean Faucheur – Le Mur – Image via imagestoliveby.com

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

In 2015 and 2016, thanks to media collages, they were able to create home posts
Jean Faucheur – Murals at Fort d’Aubervilliers In Situ Festival, Paris, 2014 – Image via over-blog-kiwi.com

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.[1] 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.

References:

  1. Faucheur, J., Une Nuit (Design Book), Kitchen93; Bilingual edition, 2007

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YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Biennale d'art contemporain Hybride3 2015DouaiGroup
2014Mauvais GenreAddict Galerie, ParisGroup
2013Jean FaucheurAddict Galerie, Paris, FranceSolo
2013Being #1Galerie Percept, Lyon, FranceSolo
2013Exposition Si Particuliere, Collection Si ParticuliereNancy, FranceGroup
2012SilenceGalerie Mathgoth, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Peinture NouvelleAddict Galerie, Paris, FranceSolo
2012Ceci n’est pas du Street ArtAddict Galerie, Paris, FranceGroup
2011Jean FaucheurMaximilian gallery, Los Angeles, USASolo
2011Nouvelle PeintureAddict Galerie, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Installation urbaineTel-Aviv, Institut de FranceSolo
2011Jean FaucheurGalerie Maximilian, Sunset Marquis, Los Angeles, USASolo
2011Addicts… d’Art UrbainAddict Galerie, Paris, FranceGroup
2011UnknownMusee en Herbe, Keith Haring, Paris, FranceGroup
2010L Art Urbain...du mur a l ateliernAddict Galerie, Paris, FranceGroup
2010Jean FaucheurGalerie Yves Suty, Paris, FranceSolo
2010MAC Creteil, Faucheur, L’Atlas, Tanc, Sun7Paris, FranceGroup
2010Jean Faucheur and FriendsAngers, FranceGroup
2010Manifestez vousCentre G. Pompidou, Paris, FranceGroup
2010BoomerangPerm, RussieGroup
2009Ne dans la rueFondation Cartier, Paris, FranceGroup
2009VAOEspace Beaurepaire, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Jean FaucheurGalerie Estace, Paris, FranceSolo
2008Jean FaucheurGalerie Yves Suty, Coy-La-Foret, FranceSolo
2006UnknownGalerie Domi Nostrae, Lyon, FranceGroup
2004Jean FaucheurEspace Beaurepaire, Paris, FranceSolo
2002Jean FaucheurArs Longa, Paris, FranceSolo
2002Coorganisateur des expositions Implosion-ExplosionVincennes, FranceGroup
2000Jean FaucheurGalerie des Singuliers, Paris, FranceSolo
2000Jean FaucheurGrande Loge de France, Paris, FranceSolo
2000Exposition collective de sculptureSaint Etienne, FranceGroup
1999Collection de la Fondation COPRIMParis, FranceGroup
1999Art ParisGalerie des Singuliers, Paris, FranceGroup
1997E. Association La Lune en Parachute, Epinal, FranceSolo
1995Jean FaucheurGalerie Art et Patrimoine, Paris, FranceSolo
1994Jean FaucheurGalerie Pascal Polar, Bruxelles, BelgiqueSolo
1994TerresMusee de Soisson, FranceGroup
1993Association La lune en Parachute, Epinal, FranceSolo
1992Jean FaucheurL’Embarcadere, Lyon, FranceSolo
1992Hommage a Emmanuel PereireChalon sur Saone, FranceSolo
1992Collection Agnes bChalon sur Saone, FranceGroup
1991Jean FaucheurGalerie du Jour Agnes b, Paris, FranceSolo
199191 quai de la GareParis, FranceGroup
1991DecouvertesLa Villette, Paris, FranceGroup
1990FIACGalerie du Jour Agnes b, Paris, FranceGroup
1990SAGAParis, FranceGroup
1990Art JonctionNice, FranceGroup
1989Banlieue 89Paris, FranceGroup
1989UnknownGalerie du Jour Agnes b, Paris, FranceGroup
1988Cadavres ExquisBeaubourg, Paris, FranceGroup
1987Jean FaucheurGalerie du Jour Agnes b, Paris, FranceSolo
1987Illustrations d’un livre de chansons des Rita MitsoukoGalerie Jean Marc Patras, Paris, FranceGroup
1986Jean FaucheurGalerie Jean Marc Patras, Paris, FranceSolo
1986Jean Faucheur avec ZlotykamienGalerie du Jour Agnes b. Paris, FranceGroup
1986Decoration InternationaleFRAC Midi Pyrenees, FranceGroup
1984Les Freres RipoulinGalerie du Jour Agnes b. Paris, FranceGroup
1984Les freres RipoulinGalerie Tony Shafrazi, New York, USAGroup
1984Les Media PeintresMaison de la culture de Rennes, FranceGroup
1984Nymphes et FaunesGalerie du Jour Agnes b. Paris, FranceGroup
1982Jean FaucheurGalerie Philippe Fregnac, Paris, FranceSolo