Patrick Faure presented his new ‘Agnoiaphobia’ series at the Launch of the Start Art Fair. A profusion of new art works by several artists was welcomed by enthusiastic crowds at this dynamic event.
Patrick Faure was born in Monaco in 1952. He read Humanities at the State University of New York and his first art studio was in Virginia. Many world wide Galleries have exhibited his work and he was honoured with the International European Quality Award for Fine Arts in 2017. He is a regular contributor to ‘Contemporary Istanbul’.
I met Patrick at the Launch when he kindly explained the meaning in his paintings and I realised he has a deep knowledge and understanding of Philosophy and Metaphysics. I began to see why he merges philosophy and poetry in his work while he seeks a new concept, ‘Faurism’. He sees ‘agnoiaphobia’ (fear of ignorance) and the return of Sophism (in an ancient and contemporary sense) as dangers to humanity today.
Patrick encourages viewers to explore his art in the context of our own vulnerability amidst powerful cosmic forces we cannot control. In his paintings there are threads of surrealism, but he emphasises that his inspiration comes from the conscious, not the unconscious as in surrealistic art. His synthesis of mythical fantasy, modern humanity and vision of the future certainly makes an impact.
Patrick feels we should endeavour to understand our past, our environment. He has visited the Neolithic site at Gobelik in Turkey and seen there the world’s probably most ancient megaliths also the site of Huaca Prieta in Peru which was inhabited c 12500 BC. At both sites he was conscious of ‘agnoiaphobia’ He asks if we can learn from these sites and avoid their unexplained ending.
Patrick’s work brings together dreams, sexual desire and wisdom. He draws on the ‘Collective Unconscious’ of Jung and on Socratic Philosophy. Socrates gave us the legacy that there is one good which is knowledge., one evil which is ignorance.
Patrick explained there are three layers to his paintings. The first is retinal where you notice colour, the second is where you make sense of the elements, mountains, sea and moon. You look you but you do not see. The third layer is where you actually understand the meaning of the painting. This is where you see, where you realise whatever beauty there is, it fools you into ignoring that it will be engulfed by a cosmic cataclysm. This the layer where you come face to face with ‘agnoiaphobia’.
Congratulations to Patrick Faure and the Directors of the Acai Art Gallery for a most interesting and thought provoking contribution to the Start Art Fair in the Saatchi Gallery.
Start Art Fair.
Acai Art Gallery. Booth 6.7
26th -29th September. 2019.