Sam Francis American, 1923-1994
Born in San Mateo in 1923, Francis served in the air force during World War II before studying art at the University of California, Berkeley. Initially influenced by the Expressionist works of Rothko and Clyfford Still, he became known for his own exuberant use of colour after moving to Paris in 1950.
Whilst living in Europe, Francis found fame through close involvement with the French Expressionist Taschisme movement and Art Informel. Inspired by his later experience of Japanese art and philosophy, he produced an iconic series of paintings: his planes of vivid colour now framing the bare white canvas, exploring the relationship between empty space, light and colour.
The artist died in Santa Monica, in 1994.
Colour Is Light On Fire: Sam Francis Works on Paper28 Feb - 26 May 2023 LondonOmer Tiroche Gallery is pleased to announce our forthcoming exhibition Colour is Light on Fire: Sam Francis Works on Paper. The featured works span across four pivotal decades of Francis’ career, from the early 1950s to the late 1980s, and will serve as a mini survey in celebration of the centennial of the artist’s birth. This exhibition aims to examine Francis’ pioneering and innovative exploration in the use of colour as well as highlight his critical contributions to both Tachisme and the Art Informel movement.
Un Art Autre26 Jun - 31 Aug 2018 LondonOmer Tiroche Gallery is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition of Un Art Autre, featuring seminal works by artists who were instrumental in forming the radical avant-garde movement that sprung...