Sam Francis

- Selected Works
- Biography

He was born in 1923 in San Mateo, California. He began his studies in botany, psychology and medicine at the University of California. In 1946, during the long recovery that followed the plane crash he had during his career in the Military Aircraft, he began to paint. He later graduated in painting and art history.
In 1950 he moved to Paris, where he presented his first solo exhibition at Galerie du Dragon. During his life he travelled throughout Europe and Japan. The first museum to host his own show is the Kunsthalle in Bern, Switzerland.
In 1984 he founded the Lapis Press that is currently one of the largest publishing houses specializing in visual arts and philosophy, and gives rise to a foundation dedicated to research and support of alternative medicine.
He died in California in 1994.
Works by Sam Francis are in the collections of museums around the world: The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga (Japan ), the Tate Gallery in London.

- Exhibitions
  • 2016

    Drawing, Dreaming and Desire: Works on Paper by Sam Francis - Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
    Sam Francis: Prints - Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX

  • 2015

    Sam Francis: Black - Galerie Koch, Hannover
    Sam Francis - A Survey of Graphic Work - Bernard Jacobson Gallery - New York, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - A Survey Of Graphic Work - Bernard Jacobson Gallery - London, London
    Sam Francis: Rapid Fluid Indivisible - Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC
    Sam Francis - Works on Paper from the 50's - Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York City, NY

  • 2014

    Sam Francis - Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
    Sam Francis: Works on Paper and Editions 1957-1994 - Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
    Sam Francis - Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA
    Sam Francis - Œuvres sur papier - Galerie Fleury, Paris
    Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections - Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

  • 2013

    Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections - Pasadena Museum of California Art- PMCA, Pasadena, CA
    Sam Francis - Perspectives Atmosphériques - Malingue, Paris
    Sam Francis - Freedom Of Color - Galleria d'Arte Maggiore, Bologna
    Freedom of color - Galleria d'Arte Maggiore, Bologna

  • 2012

    Sam Francis - Works from the 1950's on paper and canvas - Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam
    Sam francis - Agnellini Arte Moderna, Brescia
    Sam Francis - Galleri MDA, Helsingborg

  • 2011

    Sam Francis - Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo
    Sam Francis | The Last Works - Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
    Sam Francis - Gallery Artzone-Kaguraoka, Kyoto
    Paintings and Works on Paper - Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis: Selected Paintings and Works on Paper - Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    Sam Francis - Galerie Son, Berlin
    Sam Francis - Color is light on fire - Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich

  • 2010

    Sam Francis - Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam
    Sam Francis - Prints 1975-1978 - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
    SAM FRANCIS - Werke von 1958-1992 - Galerie Koch, Hannover
    Sam Francis - Retrospective in Blue - Danubiana - Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava
    Sam Francis - Galerie Proarta, Zurich

  • 2009

    Sam Francis - Works on Paper - Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
    Sam Francis: 1953 - 1959 - L&M Arts, New York, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis: Malerei und Grafik - Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld
    Sam Francis - Smith Andersen North, San Anselmo, CA
    Sam Francis: Works from 1957 to 1965 - American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich

  • 2008

    Ölbilder, Gouachen und Aquarlle 1950-1970 - Galerie Proarta, Zurich
    Sam Francis - Galerie Proarta, Zurich
    Sam Francis: Black + White - Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2006

    Sam Francis - Galerie Lovers of Fine Art, Gstaad
    Sam Francis, "Lithographies et aquatintes 1960-1989" - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
    Sam Francis und Bern - Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern
    Sam Francis - Graphik der Jahre 1960-1990 - Galerie Kornfeld und Cie., Bern
    Unique Works and Important Prints 1957-1989 - Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2005

    SamFrancis Works On Paper - Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL
    Sam Francis - The unknown works from the 1990 - Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam
    Sam Francis - American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich
    Sam Francis - Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki
    Paintings, Works on Paper and Important Prints 1957-1989 - Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2004

    Remembering Sam Francis 1923 - 1994 - Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam
    Sam Francis - Galerie Proarta, Zurich
    Sam Francis - American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich
    Sam Francis - Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich
    Material Collagen - Sam Francis - Galerie Thomas, Munich
    Sam Francis - Gallery Artzone-Kaguraoka, Kyoto
    Sam Francis - Frühe Bilder - Baukunst Galerie, Cologne

  • 2003

    Sam Francis - Prototypes - Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam
    Sam Francis - Broadbent Gallery, London
    Sam Francis - Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo
    Sam Francis from the Idemitsu Collection - Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Tokyo
    Sam Francis - Works on Paper from the 1950s - Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - L’œuvre gravé - Musée d'art et d'histoire, Fribourg

  • 2002

    SAM FRANCIS in Köln - Galerie Boisserée, Cologne
    Sam Francis - Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    Sam Francis from the Idemitsu Collection - Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Sakura, Chiba
    Colour is Fire (Sam Francis: Original Artworks from 1964 - 1990) - Rudolf Budja Galerie / Artmosphere Wien, Vienna
    Sam Francis - Galerie Thomas, Munich

  • 2001

    Sam Francis - Works on paper - 1955-1990 - Galerie Pudelko, Bonn
    Sam Francis - Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
    Sam Francis - Galleria Rubin, Milan
    Sam Francis - Retrospektive 1949-1994 - Galerie Proarta, Zurich
    Sam Francis - Broadbent Gallery, London
    Sam Francis - A new Selection from the 1950s and 1960s - American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich
    Sam Francis - Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
    Sam Francis - Galleria Rubin, Milan
    Sam Francis - Bilder der 60er Jahre - Baukunst Galerie, Cologne

  • 2000

    Aquatints and Works on Paper - Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
    Sam Francis - Paintings & Works on Paper from the Early 60s - Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - The Edge - Richard Gray Gallery - Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Sam Francis - The Edge - Richard Gray Gallery - New York, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis. Pinturas 1947-1990 - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
    Sam Francis - Prints and Drawings - Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - Malmö Konsthall, Malmö

  • 1999

    Sam Francis - Paintings & Works on Paper from the 50s - Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - Retrospektive 1953-1992 - Galerie Proarta, Zurich
    Sam Francis - Letzte Werke - Letzte Bilder und Papierarbeiten - Galerie Gabriele von Loeper, Hamburg
    Sam Francis - American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich
    Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1990 - The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
    Sam Francis - Lithographien und Unikate - galerie pro arte, Freiburg
    The Spirit of Blue - Baukunst Galerie, Cologne
    Sam Francis - Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    SAM FRANCIS - THE LAST WORKS - Galleri Faurschou - Copenhagen, Copenhagen
    Sam Francis: "Edges 1962-1970" - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
    Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1990 - The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA

  • 1998

    paintings and works on paper 1949-1994 - Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam
    Sam Francis: The Relationship of Drawings - Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
    Sam Francis - Blue Forms: 1959-1961 - Richard Gray Gallery - New York, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - Blue Forms: 1959-1961 - Richard Gray Gallery - Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Sam Francis: Works from the 50s and 60s - American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich

  • 1997

    Sam Francis - Museo d'Arte Mendrisio, Mendrisio

  • 1996

    Sam Francis - Galerie Proarta, Zurich

  • 1995

    Sam Francis - les années parisiennes 1950 - 1961 - Jeu de Paume, Paris
    Sam Francis - Richard Gray Gallery - Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Sam Francis - Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Sam Francis, "In Memoriam: Selected Works," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1994

    Sam Francis - Richard Gray Gallery - Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Sam Francis, "Recent Paintings on Paper," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - Galerie Proarta, Zurich
    Sam Francis - Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo
    Sam Francis: Nudes, Portraits and New Editions - Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
    Un cabinet bleu por Sam Francis - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris

  • 1993

    Sam Francis: 1964-1979 - Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Sam Francis - Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
    Sam Francis - Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn

  • 1992

    Sam Francis - Works 1965-1991 - Kukje Gallery, Seoul
    Sam Francis, "Monotypes and Prints," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1991

    Sam Francis - Centre Régional d’Art contemporain Midi-Pyrénées, Labege
    Sam Francis - Gana Art Gallery, Seoul
    Sam Francis - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris

  • 1990

    Sam Francis, "Paintings on Paper: 1956-1964," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris

  • 1989

    Sam Francis, "New Paintings on Paper," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
    Sam Francis, "New Paintings," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1988

    Sam Francis - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris

  • 1987

    Sam Francis: 1959-64 - Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Sam Francis, "New Paintings," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo

  • 1986

    Sam Francis - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
    Sam Francis, "The Early Years: 1955-1963," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis, "New Paintings on Paper," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1985

    Sam Francis - Richard Gray Gallery - Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Sam Francis - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
    Sam Francis - Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo

  • 1984

    Sam Francis, "New Work," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1983

    Sam Francis - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
    Sam Francis, "Painting on Paper," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo
    Sam Francis - Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul
    Sam Francis, "New Paintings," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1982

    Sam Francis - Monotypes - Richard Gray Gallery - Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Sam Francis, "New Monotypes, - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo

  • 1981

    Sam Francis, "Recent Works," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1980

    Sam Francis - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
    Sam Francis - Riko Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 1979

    Sam Francis, "New Paperworks," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
    Sam Francis, "Recent Paintings," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1978

    Sam Francis, Peintures Recentes 1976-1978 - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
    Sam Francis - Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 1976

    Sam Francis - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
    Sam Francis - Large-Scale Lithographs - Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Sam Francis, "New Paintings and Works on Paper," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1975

    Sam Francis - Richard Gray Gallery - Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Sam Francis - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
    Sam Francis, "New Works on Paper," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1974

    Sam Francis: Retrospective of Prints - Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 1973

    Sam Francis, "New Paintings," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
    Sam Francis Paintings 1947–1972 - Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

  • 1972

    Sam Francis: paintings, 1947-1972 - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis, "Works on Paper," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
    Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1972 - The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
    Sam Francis: paintings, 1947-1972 - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

  • 1971

    Sam Francis, "New Paintings," - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1969

    Paintings and Gouaches by Sam Francis - Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    Sam Francis – Lithographs - Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK

  • 1968

    Sam Francis - Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris

  • 1967

    Sam Francis: Drawings and Prints - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

  • 1962

    Sam Francis - Galerie nächst St. Stephan - Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna

  • 1961

    Sam Francis - Galerie Schmela, Dusseldorf

  • 1960

    Sam Francis - Moderna Museet, Stockholm
    Sam Francis - Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

  • 1958

    Sam Francis - Galerie Schmela, Dusseldorf

  • 1956

    Sam Francis - Galerie Rive Droite, Paris

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