Sam Francis Biography

California, 1923-1994

American painter, sculptor and printmaker, regarded as one of the leading Abstract Expressionists.

Originally, trained in medicine and psychology, Francis turned to painting while recovering from an injury. His rendezvous with art, led him to return to school and he received his MA in fine arts from University of California, in 1950. Upon graduation, he moved to France and his subsequent works show a strong influence of Art Informel and Abstract Expressionists, like Jackson Pollock. During the late 1950s, Francis travelled to Japan and his later works seem to be influenced by oriental art -thin paint texture and large void spaces. The increasing simplicity of his latter works resembled Minimal Art. Although, he is more renowned for his paintings, Francis was also an accomplished printmaker and sculptor.