1923 – 1994
Painter and printmaker, Sam Francis, was born in 1923 in San Mateo, CA. He was initially influenced by the abstract expressionist work of Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Clyfford Still, but would eventually develop a personal style of abstraction and interpretation of color and light through lyrical rhythmic compositions.
Francis traveled extensively in the 1950s, maintaining studios in Bern, Paris, Tokyo, Mexico City, New York, and Northern and Southern California. In Japan he absorbed a new understanding of space and calligraphic line, whereas in Paris, French impressionism proved the power of transforming different sensations of light onto canvas. Francis returned to California in 1962 where he would continue to be influenced by the brilliance and intensity of California light.