Sam Francis

Artist Profile Sam Francis

Sam Francis is regarded as one of the leading interpreters of color and light in postwar America. After graduating from California Berkeley in 1950 with a degree in art, Francis moved to Paris, where he would go on to be named by Time magazine as “the hottest American painter in Paris these days.” The Southern California climate-from its sun, sea, and skies-pervades his vibrant oils and translucent watercolors, where abstract forms float sensuously and weightlessly.

Sam Francis in Tokyo studio, c. 1957. Photo by Francois-Rene Roland, courtesy Sam Francis Foundation, California.