Frédéric Lère studied sculpture in Carrara, Italy and at École des Beaux-Arts, Tours, France – the city where he was born. He first worked as an illustrator and a comic books artist in Paris, and later as a muralist and theater set designer in New York, where he set up his studio in 1984. His paintings, watercolors, and photographs have been shown in many group and solo exhibitions in the US and Europe, and are featured in private and public collections.
In 2020, in partnership with photographer Olivier Dupont-Delestraint, he is starting to work on a new project, focusing on gardens. Their paintings and photographs explore parks and gardens of all sizes along the Hudson River, and in the Loire Valley, France. This work, depicting and comparing tamed and untamed nature in the two regions, highlights the critical importance of such a rich and vital heritage.
The past three years were devoted to a Hudson Yards series, inspired by George Bellows’ series of paintings on Pennsylvania Station Excavation. The Vessel, Thomas Heatherwick’s centerpiece at Hudson Yards is a special focus in the series.
This endeavor succeeded two series exploring Manhattan landmarks, as reflected in puddles, “Mpala Tano” and The High Line. These two series have been published in a book,“Steps to the High Line + Mpala Tano!” with Blurb.
Following in the Hudson River painters’s footsteps, he has explored New York State landscapes, including the suburban wilderness of Mohegan Lake, and his train stations series along the MTA and Amtrak Hudson River Line.
While working overseas in 2009, he depicted the JR Line in Tokyo with “17 views” watercolors painted along the elevated tracks. Back in New York, these were turned into oil paintings and 3D models (2010).
In the streets of New York, one can find the extraordinary: The Frivolous King Lère Show. With its Circus objects, paintings, and bottles inspired by the circus, its menagerie or side-shows, the FKL Show parades from Times Square to the Garment District.
As an illustrator, he was commissionned to execute a series of watercolors for Salomon to Soliman, an art history book authored by Mireille Royer-Benejeam and published in Fall 2019 by the Musée du Protestantisme in Ferrières, Tarn, France.
- 2020, “Clio Art Fair”, 550 West 29th Street, New York, NY
- 2017, “Talented Art Fair”, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
- 2020, “Art en Troglo: 11th edition”, Saint Etienne de Chigny, France
- 2020, “Ivresse”, Galerie Nocogo, La-Chartre-sur-le-Loir, France
- 2019, “La Galerie Nocogo fait sa rétrospective”, Galerie Nocogo, La-Chartre-sur-le-Loir, France
- 2019, “Trôo Circus”, Étéphémère, Trôo, France
- 2019, “Art en Troglo: 10th edition”, Saint Etienne de Chigny, France
- 2018, “30 ans d’exposition”, Vivienne Art Galerie, Paris, France
- 2017, “Bestiaire”, Étéphémère, Trôo, France
- 2014, 15, 16, 17, 18, “Art en Troglo”, annual art show, Saint-Étienne-de-Chigny, France
- 2012, “Animal Kingdom”, RiverWinds Gallery, Wells Fargo Advisors, Rhinebeck, NY
- 2011, JAANY at TENRI Cultural Institution, 43a W 13th ST, New York, NY
- 2009, paintings of Circus, MDH Gallery, 223 West 19th Street, New York, NY
- 2009, watercolors, RiverWinds Gallery, Wells Fargo Advisors, Rhinebeck, NY
- 2005, “Objet de Musée”, Galerie À Propos d’Art, Argenteuil, France
- 2020, “Nos Jardins”, in partnership with photographer Olivier Dupont-Delestraint, Château du Rivau, Indre et Loire, France
- 2019, “De Salomon à Soliman”, watercolors, Musée du Protestantisme, Ferrières, France
- 2018, “New York Cityscapes”, Galerie Nocogo, La-Chartre-sur-le-Loir, France
- 2017, “New York Screens and Reflections”, L’Ariana, Trôo, France
- 2016, “Steps to the High Line”, Vivienne Art Galerie, Paris, France
- 2014, “Looking for Lincoln Tunnel”, Kaufman Arcade, New York, NY, USA
- 2014, “Big Apple Circus presents the FKL Show”, Mayson Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- 2011, “From Garment to Fashion”, screens, Fashion Center BID, New York, NY, USA
- 2011, “17 vues de la JR Line, Tokyo”, Atelier d’Architecture Jérome Leroy, Paris, France
- 2011, “17 vues de la JR Line, Tokyo”, Galerie de l’Annexe, Saint-Avertin, France
- 2009, “Hudson River Line Stations”, RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, NY, USA
- 2005, “360 degrees around the Glass Farmhouse Buildings”paintings of Hell’s Kitchen, Market Café, 496 9th Avenue, New York, NY, USA
- 2005, “Geneva Tramway Stops”, Enderlyn Gallery, Roxbury, NY, USA
- 2004, watercolors, Galerie de la Mairie, Saint-Clair-sur-Epte, France
- 2003, “Rue de l’Athénée”, Galerie de l’Athénée, 4 rue de l’Athénée, Geneva, Switzerland
- 2003, watercolors, Chambre des Notaires, 12 Place Jean-Jaurès, Blois, France
- 2001, watercolors, Marcel Gallery, 420 Española Way, Miami Beach FL, USA
Mural paintings – with Mark Beard
Abercrombie & Fitch: 2005, New York, USA; 2006, Los Angeles, USA; 2007, London, UK; 2009, Milan, Italy; 2009, Tokyo, Japan; 2011, Paris, France.
Steps to the High Line + Mpala Tano!, Blurb, 2016. Two series of paintings. The High Line is seen as an iron Snake, Manhattan landmarks are drowning under a Maori spell.
The Frivolous King Lère Show, Blurb, 2012. A series of paintings, furniture, objects with its amazing knife blocks and interactive games that anyone can play with for only 25¢!
17 watercolors of the JR Line, Tokyo, Blurb, 2010. From 2 traditional Japanese sketchbooks, with watercolors done along the JR Line in Tokyo, were selected 17 views.
Hudson Line Departures, Lulu, 2009. A journey along the Hudson River Line with a series of paintings in oil of views of all of the 31 train stations from Grand Central Terminal in New York City to the town of Hudson.
Paintings, Lulu, 2009. Overview of works in oil on canvas about New York and Geneva cityscapes, train stations of the Hudson Valley, circus acrobats and sculptural cutouts done between 2001 and 2010.
17 views of the JR Line, Tokyo, Lulu, 2010. A journey a long the elevated tracks of the JR Line in Tokyo from Tokyo Station southward to Shimbashi Station.
17 vues de la JR Line, Tokyo, Lulu, 2010. Une série de peintures à l’huile sur toile et sur bois découpés faite en 2010 d’après une série d’aquarelles peintes pendant l’automne 2009 à Tokyo le long de la Japan Railway Line près de Ginza.
Circus, Lulu, 2009. Oil paintings, frescoes and painted furniture about an imaginary Circus inspired by the tales of my grandfather, a former trapeze artist.