JOHN PAUL FAUVES
“I found myself and quickly started searching again…”
That’s right, SCOPE New York will be returning to Chelsea at the Metropolitan Pavilion for its 19th edition of the fair this year. Welcoming a wealth of ground-breaking contemporary artists, so of course, Imitate Modern will be amongst 60 hand-picked international exhibitors at its central venue. This year promises to continue a legacy of VIP partnerships, exclusive talks and scheduled events. SCOPE Continues to usher in innovations of the contemporary art fair and remains the way for emerging artists and galleries. This year will be run simultaneously with The Armory Show, presenting 20th- and 21st-century art staged on Piers 92 & 94.
John Paul Fauves has gained international recognition and notoriety from the art world, born in Costa Rica his journey started at a young age and his journey continues at lightning speed. Whether this is influenced by his mentorship from one of Costa Rica’s most important modern art tuotors – Joaquin Rodriguez del Paso, or 15 years studying and mastering his technique – one thing is for sure, in less than a year John Paul Fauves received international recognition as an artist and continues to exhibit worldwide. From New York, to Belgium – Belgium and most recently Taiwan for his solo show, he is active in many expressive and innovative projects, such as Paris Design week, Style Fashion week and at the Art Palm Beach 2019. Under the watchful eye of Hypebeast and Forbes magazine, John Pauls ability to be involved in projects that can only be described as ‘A sensory art playground’ certifies his hands on nature and immersive aura.
Never shy of sharing his views and a strong sense of spirituality, collaborating with SCORP mag in 2017, he revealed his struggle with addictions, depression and his own mind. He has reflected on the fact that that “life is like a big school for the soul.” His paintings prompt questions of identity as they relate to art history as well as our everyday interactions with mainstream culture. Greatly inspired by modernist masters as well as pop-artists, Fauves mixes fragments of different iconic images in vivid and colourful compositions. Of his experimental and high eclectic style, he says, “art is an expression from the soul, and the soul is something limitless.” This is why he is always searching for different elements to bring into the work.”
” …You fall in love with your own mask because this mask becomes your personality. And if this personality can in some way become powerful for you, you don’t want to let go of that”
– John Paul Fauves for SCORP mag
John Paul Fauves recently launched a new solo exhibition at Dopeness Art Lab in Taipei, Taiwan. Entitled “MI/ME,” the presentation will feature a new range of experimental paintings as well as handmade mask sculptures. Fauves’ work largely portrays unique interpretations of classic cartoon characters which he calls “New Pop Expressionism.”
His work is arguably reminiscent of prosopagnosia or face blindness particularly in the dysfunction of self-recognition in one’s reflection of the human psyche and search for identity. Fauves’ masquerades behind his perception of the soul via masks, almost wearing his body inside out. The neo-pop expressionist celebrates the limitless capacity of the soul. The idea of being human is a temporary existence hence the ‘the many faces’ and his parody-like approach to materialism and consumerism; using brands like ‘Shannel’ and ‘Micoste’. Fauve confronts the values of what is tangible versus the uncanny and limitless nature of the soul.
Check out John Paul Fauve’s incredible painting technique… we can’t stop hitting replay
lefauves “Getting ready for solo at Taiwan, this is the first series of 5 of how I see Mi mi mi mi mickaey…” Find out more about his solo show here.
John Paul Fauves X CB Hoyo
Don’t be fooled, SCOPE New York 2019 isn’t the only thing on John Paul Fauve’s list this year, he is already working on a collaboration with our very own CB Hoyo (and it’s not even February yet…) Earlier today, CB Hoyo announced the collaboration on his Instagram, with some added sneak-peaks. We cannot wait to tell you more about this upcoming project. Check it out below.
CB Hoyo Instagram – 21/01/2019. 11:31am
By Stephany Winnie Malcolm
& Amira Takko.