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Sam FrancisBiography of the Artist
(1923 - 1994)
Untitled (Abstract Composition) (SF73-045 / SF73-108)
Acrylic on paper
27" x 40"
(1923 - 1994)
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art has a wide variety of Sam Francis works of art. Our Sam Francis (SF) inventory includes paintings on canvas, paintings on paper, monotypes, etchings, screenprints, and lithographs from the beginning of Sam Francis' career to the end. Please check with us frequently as our Sam Francis art (inventory) changes often. Biography Sam Francis (1923 – 1994) Sam Francis was born in San Mateo, California in 1923. He entered the University of California at Berkeley as botany major, then switched to medicine before leaving in 1943 to join the Army Air Corps. During his time in the military he suffered injuries that led to spinal tuberculosis, and began to paint during his period of recovery. Eventually he returned to UC Berkeley to earn his bachelor’s and masters degree in painting and art history in 1949. Francis’ career began in Paris in the 1950’s. His work from this period is airy and light-filled; influenced by Japanese painting, he opened up an empty space in the middle of the canvas and enlarged the scale of his works. Francis’ paintings during the 1960’s began to emphasize the edges of the canvas. During this time he also worked in watercolor and was largely responsible for the revival of color lithography. By the early 1970’s his paintings became more minimal and abstract, and subsequent periods of the 70’s and 80’s are more structured and heavy. Throughout his career he traveled extensively, working and exhibiting in Tokyo, Switzerland, Paris and the United States. In 1962 he settled in Santa Monica, CA and established a lithography workshop there. Sam Francis holds a place in art history as the youngest of the first generation of abstract expressionists. Sometimes considered a second-generation Abstract Expressionist, Francis’ work of the 1950’s and 1960’s was abstract, luminous and painterly rather than gestural. Influenced by the works of Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still, Francis’ “signature” paintings of the early 1950’s are overlays of serial but asymmetrical biomorphic forms saturated with color. In the mid-1950’s, Francis began to paint fields of various sized clusters of cell-like shapes usually in blue, yellow, and red on a white ground. By the late 1950’s Francis concentrated on large mural sized works dominated by white and bordered by colorful clusters of forms. This remained his vocabulary throughout his career but by the 1970’s and 1980’s a greater degree of structure emerged. In addition to monumental and easel-size paintings he produced a significant oeuvre of works on paper and prints. Curriculum Vitae Sam Francis 1923 Born, San Mateo, CA 1949 B.A. University of California at Berkeley, CA 1950 M.A. University of California at Berkeley, CA 1968 Honorary PhD, University of California at Berkeley, CA 1981 Appointed Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, by the French Ministry of Culture 1994 Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley 1994 Died, Santa Monica, CA Selected Exhibitions 2003 Sam Francis @ Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CA 2001 Sam Francis @ Alan Cristea Gallery, London, in association with Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA 1999 Retrospective: Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1990, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA 1996 Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1991 Sam Francis: Retrospective at Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, Switzerland 1987 Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY 1985 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 1978 Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris 1972 Sam Francis: A Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 1969-72 Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1967 Sam Francis: Retrospective, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA 1961-64 Documenta III, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany 1958 The Phillips Gallery, Washington, DC 1956 Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY 1956 12 Americans, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 1955 Galerie Rive Droite, Paris 1952 Galerie du Dragon, Paris