Like many others, the painter François Farouk first made professional choices motivated by reason. Choices that often divert us from our deepest aspirations, and which later seem meaningless to us.

Thus, it is at the end of his university studies in economics that a gift will change the deal: he then discovers painting, which he will practice for a long time in a sporadic way, trying some surrealist fantasies. The art world remained in his eyes an impenetrable universe.

Then he approached it step by step, exploring the field of photography as an amateur, then discovering the world of colour after a first professional conversion to the interior decoration professions. A temporary adjustment in a sometimes chaotic professional path, which then led him to the “profession” of painter.

Initially influenced by Salvador Dali and his phantasmagorical universes, it was after discovering the power of Yan Pei-Ming’s portraits that he turned towards the inexhaustible resources of the human figure.

In his eyes, the latter constitutes a gold mine, both to explore a universe made of optical delusions, and to probe in his portraits a theme that is dear to him: the unconscious.

To’grasp’ this unconscious, to bring out what we do not see, to show what we cannot show, this is the path he is exploring today.

To this end, he uses all the means at his disposal: colour, framing, varnishes, graphic processes… They are there to serve the image and are then an integral part of his work, both upstream and downstream.

The first idea being to surprise the viewer, to appeal to his imagination by creating a real interaction between him and the work…


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