Frédéric Léglise

Frédéric Léglise is a painter and draughtsman born in Nantes in 1972, part of a new wave of artists reviving figurative painting. Inspired by his models, captured intimately through photography, he gives life to the intensely colored figures that define his artistic style. His meeting with his Chinese wife Jojo Wang in 2009 marked a turning point in his art, prompting him to integrate Asian faces into his canvases to explore an artistic dimension beyond Western borders.

Since 2007 he has taught at ESAD-GV. He studied at ENSBA in Paris. His painting, as a student, is initially resolutely abstract. But, for a romantic correspondence, he creates hundreds of erotic watercolors which are the starting point of his current work. The work of Frédéric Léglise is populated by girls. Almost all of his portraits and nudes obey the same minimal script.

The painter first takes photographs of women he meets in his entourage, then he paints portraits from them. Another part of his work consists of self-portraits, made from his shadow, part of which was the subject of an exhibition in Milan in 2011 and in Tehran in 2019. The occasional use of gold leaf has earned him to participate in the GOLD exhibition at the Belevedere Museum in Vienna, Austria in 2012.

He has participated in numerous exhibitions in France, and abroad in Museums and galleries as well as in fairs such as FIAC and BASEL ART. His work is present in several public collections (Frissiras Museum, Athens, MMSU, Rijeka, La Maison Rouge, Paris, Eskff foundation USA…).

Selected Works
Yeseul, oil on canvas, 24 x 33 cm, 2024
Jiali, oil on canvas, 81 x 65 cm, 2021
Juning With Hat, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 146 x 114 cm, 2011
Gloria, oil and aluminum on canvas, 116 x 72 cm, 2019
Ziqiu, oil on canvas, 116 x 73 cm, 2023
Fei Fei’s Mouth, oil n canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2023
Katharine, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2022
Yu Smoking, oil on canvas, 33 x 22 cm, 2020
Fei Fei, oil on canvas, 92 x 65 cm, 2020
Julie Curtiss, oil, glitter, gold leaf on canvas, 33 x 24 cm, 2022
Frédéric Léglise, Human Chuo, oil and glitter on canvas, 100 x 81, 2019
Homage à Monk, oil on canvas, 55 x 46 cm, 2021
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