Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art

Sam Francis

(American, 1923 - 1994)

untitled (sf89-222) (pages from a sketch book) by sam francis

Sam Francis

Untitled (SF89-222) (Pages from a Sketch Book), 1989

untitled (sfp94-138) (sff.1808) by sam francis

Sam Francis

Untitled (SFP94-138) (SFF.1808), 4. August 1994



Born in San Mateo, CA
1943 - 1948
Served in the United States Army Corps and began painting whilst convalescing from an injury
1946 - 1950
Began painting in San Francisco, CA
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, CA
1950 - 1958
Lived and worked in Paris, France with travels to Mexico, Japan and Europe
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, CA
1959 - 1961
Lived in Bern, Switzerland
Lived in New York, NY
Established permanent home in Santa Monica, CA
Received honorary PhD from University of California at Berkeley, CA


2013 - 2014
"Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Experssionism from California Collections" Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA (solo)
Renard Collection, Fondation Beijeler, Basel
"Sam Francis: Works from the 1950s on paper and canvas" Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam
"Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California" Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
2011 - 2012
"Sam Francis" Galerie Iris Wazzau, Davos, Switzerland
Sam Francis The exploration of color, Sotheby's (S2) New York, New York, NY (solo)
Sam Francis, Guy Pieters Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
Sam Francis: Paintings from the Catalogue Raisonné, Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Sam Francis, Galerie Iris Wazzau,Davos, Switzerland (solo)
Time & Place: Los Angeles, 1958-1968, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Sam Francis - Malerei und Grafik, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld, Germany
Choices, Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Action Painting, Foundation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland
Time & Place: Los Angeles, 1958-1968, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Grand Gestures: The Gordon F. Hampton Collection, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
Art Market Now, The Columns, Seoul, South Korea
Afro & incotri e Confronti italia America, Gallerie d'Arte Moderna di Udine GAMUD, Udine

Öffentliche Sammlungen

Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN