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Solo exhibition by John Paul Fauves

"Alts iz farloyrn"
(all is lost)

"Alts iz Farloyrn” – the latest series by John Paul Fauves featuring large-scale mixed media paintings, sculptures, and his famous art masks.

Inspired by American idols James Dean and Steve McQueen, "Alts iz Farloyrn,” which translates to "All is Lost," was Steve McQueen’s first ever line on stage and represents Fauves own struggle with losing it all yet discovering his true self. “Alts iz Farloyrn” dives deep into the darkness that surrounded James Dean and Steve McQueen and explores their need to live fast. Through this new series, viewers are reminded that although both men overcame challenges to become the Hollywood elite, they struggled to mentally escape their troubled childhood and demons.

Recognized internationally for his Neo-Pop Expressionism, Fauves paintings deal with identity through art, mainstream culture and social media. About this series, Fauves says “I have personally lost it all and what I’ve learned is when you lose it all you can win it all again and create a new beginning!”

Presented and curated by JM Art Management in collaboration with Noctem Group.

Photography by Faye Sadou AKA Faye's Vision

About the Artist:

John Paul Fauves is the masked contemporary artist who lives and works in San José, Costa Rica. Greatly inspired by modernist masters as well as pop- artists, Fauves mixes fragments of different iconic images in vivid and colorful 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 I am always searching for different elements to bring into the work.” You can follow his journey @lefauves

Photography by Luke Robillard

About Sunset Plaza Hub:

Its allure of yesteryear — a time when it was known as the playground to old-guard Hollywood elite like Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and the home of infamous nightclubs and bars like Ciros and Mcambo has evolved and escalated into a preferred destination in the worlds entertainment center, both for locals and world travelers, alike.

Sunset Plaza has remained, through the Depression, World War II, the tumultuous 60s, and the glamorous 80s. 

Sunset Plaza Hub is located high in the Hollywood Hills right above the Sunset Strip. 

John Paul Fauves - Alts Iz Farloyrz - JM Art Management

The highlight of the last week was visiting a pop-up art show curated by JM Art Management in one of the secluded private residences in Hollywood Hills. The agency presented a solo exhibit of Costa Rican artist John Paul Fauves, titled ”Alts iz Farloyrn” (All is Lost) which surprised even demanding visitors like myself.  I had seen some reproductions of the works from the artist’s recent series in the catalog prior to the event, but they didn’t do the large-scale mixed media paintings that I faced as soon as I entered the space, even bits of justice. Fauves’ neo-expressionistic style, his bold expressions, and wild brushstrokes definitely need to be seen and appreciated in person. The artist’s style and name! (pure coincidence?) reminded me of the fauvists - a group of revolutionary artists who were experimenting with vivid expressionistic and non-naturalistic use of color at the beginning of the 20th century. Coincidentally, the artwork from Fauves’ recent series offers a unique take on the famed free-thinkers’ James Dean’s and Steve McQueen’s journeys through life with clever elements of pop art mixed in.  The fun and interactive part of the show was Fauves’ hand-painted masks; the mixed crowd of models, producers real estate moguls equally enjoyed trying them on.

Irina Panasyuk 

Principal Art Consultant at IVP Public Art

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