Born in 1958 in Lyon Lives and works in Paris
The path of François Fries is that, atypical, of constant coming and going between painting, cinema and writing. At the beginning of the 1980s, while he was finishing his studies in philosophy and art history, he was already trying his hand at painting diligently. Although having woven an intimate and constant link with painting, he turned to cinema. While he collaborates with one of the largest French production houses, he shares, with some painter friends, a large studio in the Kremlin-Bicêtre, in Paris.
He regularly exhibits at fairs and collective exhibitions such as the Salon de Montrouge,Jeunes Peintures or Courants d’art…
A constant quest
At first glance, François Fries’ works seem to be variations on the same theme. But the attentive eye gradually discovers the artist’s desire to maintain, if not erect as a value, the troubled beauty of the blur, of the tension of opposites and in-betweens.
His current work appears to be a synthesis of recurring aesthetic questions that François Fries has been trying to resolve for many years: how to express both coloured intensity and transparency? Smoothness and depth? Fullness and space? Instantaneity and fluidity? Movement and painting?
François Fries continues his research. In his case, the search term is perfect.
Because the artist never ceases to question the act of painting and to explore the paths opened up by the technique of painting.
Hence its advances, its discoveries, its reversals. François Fries is an intuitive painter, but also intelligent and cultured.
Francois Fries is present in numerous art collections such as:
Fondation Sacem — banque Transatlantique — Crédit agricole — CIC — Mandarin Cinéma — Peugeot — Schlumberger — David-Weill Seydoux — Cidinvest — Hôtel de Paris (St Tropez).
His exhibitions at the gallery
“The Undiscipline of Water” from June 22 to August 2, 2018
“RADICAL ABSTRACTION” from July 3 to August 28, 2015
“The summer group show” from October 13 to November 28, 2012
“After St-art” in December 2011