Samuel Francis was born in in San Mateo, California, USA.

Though his distinctive manner of painting remained recognisable throughout his career, he continuously developed and transformed his artistic practice until his death in 1994. His time in Paris, France in the 1950’s exposed him to Tachism, Asian culture and Zen Buddhism, which greatly affected and influenced his artistic development. After returning to California in the 1960’s and moving between the United States and Japan over the next period of his life, Francis’ work further evolved under the influence of Jungian analysis whereby his subconscious played a role in the images he conjured. His vast exhibition reach throughout his lifetime has credited him with helping to secure international recognition for post-war American painting, though his work is specifically acclaimed in Europe and Japan.

His works can be found in some of the world’s most prominent museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Made in the last year of his life, this painting reveals thergy, used his left hand to produce a remarkable series of nearly 150 artworks such as this.


Sam Francis, Light Blue, 1953
Sam Francis, Stepping up, 1975-1976
Sam Francis, Untitled (1965)
Sam Francis, Untitled (SFF.1501), 1988
Sam Francis, Untitled (Spider) (diptych), 1987
Sam Francis, Untitled, 1974
Sam Francis, Untitled, 1987
Sam Francis, Untitled, 1988-1989
Sam Francis, Untitled, 1965-1966
Sam Francis, Bridges to the Past, 1990
Sam Francis, Untitled SF 54-071 - 1954
Sam Francis, Untitled, 1973
Sam Francis, Untitled (SFP94-52) (SFF.1726), 1994