The Quest for Movement with Thierry Faure

The Quest for Movement with Thierry Faure

February 28, 2020

Thierry Faure paints in oils with palette knives. These techniques allow a total freedom as well as a sincere spontaneity and leads to permanent questioning. His themes are : Horses, music, abstract painting. Thierry uses a wide variety on his palette : ocres, hot, cold, and breaks.

His first passion, sixty years of complicity with horses. The rider in him, paints them for the quest of movement : polo, racing, dressage etc…., the painter in him, paints them as a pretext for a quest of harmony.


What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?

Primitive need to express myself followed by a search for harmony.

How would you describe your own personal style?

No particular style but the will to move forward and get to the point.

What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?

quest for harmony, I know what has already been done and I do not know what has not yet been done.

What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?

Almost everything can inspire me, and above all, immersing myself in painting.


Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?

Following painful events, my wife encouraged me to paint, passion followed and finally a voluntary quest for harmony

When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?

- Bamboo pen and Indian ink for drawing

- Brush for gouache

- oil knife


When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?

No matter the theme which is only a pretext, the real subject is painting

Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?

One rule: don't have one. The problem can be taken at both ends: either a concept that we are developing, or an abstract construction which is a starting point from which everything can come out except anything, the accident can also rectify the situation.

Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?

A normal day: between one and two hours of drawing in the morning and two hours of painting. About three hours of painting in the afternoon and the rest of the time for chores. (Except organization and exhibition periods)

When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?

- Concentration on a single work for the installation, I pose the problem

- then take a step back, it can take a night or a week, and start other work during this period.

How has your art evolved to be where it is today?

My art has evolved, rather slowly, due to a permanent questioning, I forget what is successful not to copy it, I remember the failures so as not to renew them.


Which of your artworks are you most proud off?

we see why a work is mediocre, however, if it is really good, we can not say why, it can be done very quickly, it is the result of a lot of work and a little luck . On the other hand, the longer it is the more likely it will be bad.

Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?

I avoid influences and look little at other painters, I can say "it's good" or say nothing or make a mistake. Very subjective.

If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?

Half of the XXth century, I was very young, but especially it was the height of abstract painting and the conceptual leprosy had not yet engulfed everything.

What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?

Fear the fleeting effects of fashion, find your own definition of art and painting in particular.

What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?

Work and have fun while working

Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?

All styles interest me, well more or less.

We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?

A work is integrated into the evolution of the whole work, it is a living stage, finishing a work it can mean finishing it, killing it, a finished work is a dead work but remains the link of chain.


Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist's responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject / theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?

The theme or subject is almost nothing, it is the painting that matters. But it is up to the painter to choose whether he wants to be a painter, storyteller or illustrator. We can mix genres, for fun, to please (beware it is dangerous), or for the joys of trade.

What are you working on at the moment?

I vary the pleasures: a month for equestrian painting, then a work on light and abstract stained glass, scenes of life, then violins and cellos…

When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?

I exhibit every year in my gallery-workshop, with one of my sons who is also a painter and a friend and sculptor as well as my other son. And an exhibition is planned in Burgundy next summer?

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