Francine Lecoultre is a mixed media artist: painter, sculptor, and print maker.
Born in the French speaking Switzerland, in a family of Swiss craftsmen and precision watchmakers, she graduated in Art Education from the University of Bern. Francine taught arts and crafts at “Ecole Normale Cantonale” in Fribourg, a transition that greatly influenced the evolution of her artistic practice. In 1993, she relocated to Los Angeles, graduating in Costume Design from FIDM, Fashion Institute of Design &Merchandising.
Francine has been working as a Costume Designer and Textile Artist for top film Productions, and major theatrical Productions for the past twenty years. She is a professor of Costume Design at FIDM.
Working out of her Downtown Los Angeles studio, Lecoultre is constantly inventing radically new forms, materials and processes in her works, contributing to the evolution of abstract sculpture through her technical working methods.
She playfully uses experimental, industrial, found or recycled materials, embracing imperfection and mixing the old with the new. She goes near obsessive lengths to recreate the effect of time and wear in the unique pieces and art commissions she has created around the world.
Lecoultre’s work exudes beauty, luxury, elegance, and outrageousness. Her mastery of technical process, innovation, and invention have spurred the development of new techniques and 3-D textures in her artworks, drawing on both her rich knowledge and skills in costume and textile design. Francine creates images that are provocative, emotional, and always beautiful, opening a door into a world of vivid imagination, remaining us of a distant future.
Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design.”