Biography - Jean-François Lettre

Born in 1973 in the city of Sorel in Montérégie.

Studies in ecology at Cegep de Sherbrooke, 1992-1994

Self-taught he developed his first experiences in wood processing in a forest environment.

With his seasonal work as an arborist, he uses quiet times to develop and improve his woodworking skills. Winter is the season that allows him to make and sell his creations in addition to attending various courses with the School of cabinetmaking ARTÉBOIS, specialized school in the field.

The tree, its past, the events that marked it`s life and that we inevitably find in it`s wood gives the artistic direction to Jean-François creations.

January 2013, He left his job to create full time, accessories and small furniture inspired by nature. Over the next two years, he participated in several markets, fairs and festivals.

Nature always inspires him more, he develops different methods to highlight the particular characteristics of wood.

Inspired by Quebec visual art artists such as Jimmy Perron, Dominic Besner and especially by the work of Korean artist Lee Jae-Hyo, Jean-François invented a new technique in the fall of 2015: "myco-etching". 

He uses the stains, marks and colors left in the wood by mushrooms, knots and cracks to create unique and inimitable pictures and paintings.

January 2017, He opens a gallery in his studio, he presents his furniture, unique créations, and his paintings myco-engraving!

 

Key Skills

Over the years, I have deepened all stages of wood processing. I worked on harvesting trees in the forest, sawing logs, and of course not working on carpentry and cabinetmaking. Today, I integrate all this knowledge to give my creations shapes, colors and textures out of the ordinary.

This way of doing gives me control over all the steps related to the design and realization of my works.

My 2D and 3D works are all inspired by the traits, marks and colors left in the wood by mushrooms. These patterns printed in the heart of wood allow me to design natural mosaics in the form of paintings and sculptures. Each of my creations tells a unique story.

This technique that I named mycogravure is now at the center of my new achievements.

 
Curriculum vitae

Professional objective: To make the tree speak, to tell its story

 
Education

Continuing Education in Cabinetmaking, School of Cabinetmaking ARTÉBOIS, Quebec, 2011-2013

Certificate of Collegial Studies in Arboriculture, Institute of Agri-Food Technology, La Pocatière, 1998

Applied Ecology Technique, Sherbrooke College, Sherbrooke, 1993-1994

High School Diploma, Fernand Lefebvre High School, 1988-1992

 

Work experience

2013-2018 Professional Artist-Artisan

2015-2018 Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporation des Métiers d'art in Charlevoix

2013-2015 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Coop Arts Pointe

2006-2013 Founder and Worker Coop de l'Arbre

 
Exhibition, Public event and recognition

2018 Iris Gallery, Baie-Saint-Paul

2018 Fellow of the Quebec Council for Arts and Letters - Research and Creation Project

2018-2017 Member of the Conseil des Métiers d'Art

2018 My sculptures Fractale 1 and Fractale 2 were chosen to be exhibited at the G7 International Summit in Charlevoix

2018 Special Order of the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce - One of my sculptures was donated to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

2017 Salon Plein art, Quebec

2017 Country art, Sculpture outside, Les Éboulements, Coup de coeur

2017 Salon Expo habitat, Quebec

2017 5-7 Presentation of Work by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Baie-St-Paul

2016-2017 Common Exhibition, Charlevoix Museum, La Malbaie

2016 Solo Exhibition, Fall Dreams Painting Festival, Paul-Médéric Cultural Crossroads, Baie St-Paul

2016 Montreal International Design Show (SIDIM), Montreal

2009-2017 Salon Crafts Charlevoix, La Malbaie.