Sam Francis

1923 · United States

Artist biography

Sam Francis is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Sam Francis was born in 1923. Artists Sol LeWitt, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Dan Flavin are of the same generation and same country as Sam Francis.

About Sam Francis' works

Sam Francis is a notable figure within the fields of Abstraction and Expressionism. Abstract art does not try to represent a faithful depiction of a visual reality, or of nature itself, but instead, with the use of colours, gestural elements and shapes tries to achieve its effect. The term can be applied to art that is primarily based on an object, or figure, where the main elements have been simplified. Abstraction has been highly influential in modern art since the 1900s, with its origins grounded in Impressionism. One of the first, most influential movements related to abstraction is Cubism, with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who through their work laid the foundations for a significant number of branches of abstract art.

Including artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele, Wassily Kandinsky and Edvard Munch, Expressionism is one the main currents of art of the 20th century - although it is considered to be an international state of mind rather than just an art movement. When it comes to paintings, Expressionist artists were significantly inspired by Eastern art which they deemed “primitive” in its use of vivid colours and simplified forms. By adding textural elements and liberating their brushstrokes, artists were hoping to reflect the psychological state of mind of their time, and truthfully express their inner self. Wassily Kandinsky’s painting Der Blaue Reiter is a great example of Expressionism, which symbolizes Kandinsky’s desire to move beyond from realistic depictions and focus on subjectivity rather than objectivity.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Sam Francis is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries such as Belgium, the United Kingdom, and France. The galleries exhibiting Sam Francis' work include Alan Wheatley Art and Bernard Jacobson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, as well as Charles Riva Collection in Belgium. Sam Francis most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Meessen De Clercq in Brussels (04 April 2019 until 28 June 2019) with the exhibition Limits, Edges And Frontiers. Sam Francis' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; American Abstract (28 September 2018 - 23 February 2019) at Charles Riva Collection in Brussels and Solo Exhibition (25 October 2019 - 29 November 2019) at Gallery Delaive in Amsterdam. Sam Francis' first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called American Abstract and took place at Charles Riva Collection in Brussels, Belgium from the 28 September 2018 to 23 February 2019.

Currently, Sam Francis has one work for sale on Artland.

Sam Francis in private collections

Sam Francis' art can be found on Artland in the following collection: FlorianHolzner. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Gerhard Richter, Ali Hasanov, and Marie Kølbæk Iversen.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously considered as the most significant art centre worldwide. Major art movements established and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has exercised a prevailing influence over the visual culture of the World, due to the authority of its economic and political systems. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Sam Francis

Born in 1923, Sam Francis' creative work was primarily influenced by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is epitomised by the clashing of many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. Artistic output in the United States was heavily impacted at the time by the Great Depression, and a number of artists took to focusing on ideas of humbleness and the ordinary man. For the first time in US history, artists began to explore into political subjects and endeavoured to use their art to impact society. Themes including poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes were prevalent in many artists’ work.

Sam Francis

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 37
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