Selected Works

Sam Francis was born in 1923, San Mateo, CA. He died in 1994, Santa Monica, CA.

For Sam Francis, exploring the creative process was his driving force. It impacted not only his art, but his view of human progress.

One of the twentieth century’s most profound Abstract Expressionists, American artist Sam Francis (1923-1994) is noted as one of the first post-World War II painters to develop an international reputation. Francis created thousands of paintings as well as works on paper, prints and monotypes, housed in major museum collections and institutions around the world. Regarded as one of the leading interpreters of color and light, his work holds references to New York abstract expressionism, color field painting, Chinese and Japanese art, French impressionism and his own Bay Area roots.

After graduating from Cal 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.” A transformative period of his career, Francis immersed himself in a study of Monet’s Water Lilies and was influenced by his close friendships with the Matisse family and artists Al Held, Joan Mitchell, and Jean-Paul Riopelle.

Not only are Francis’s paintings valued historically for their aesthetic vision, but his inquisitive mind and spirit have solidified Francis’s legacy as a contemporary renaissance man. His interest in the creative process was expansive and synergistic – art, technology, psychology, science, medicine, and protecting the environment (before it became a movement). He was an early investor in research to find creative solutions to our dependence on non-renewable energy sources and cures for AIDs. In each of these realms, he explored the nature of creativity – what stimulates it, the importance of testing new ideas through experimentation as well as the roles of imagination, intuition and knowledge.

Much like Francis believed his life was a series of ongoing challenges, the Sam Francis Foundation is dedicated to expanding his sense of wonder – his freedom to explore – his mantra to dream – his life force to be creative.


B.A., University of California at Berkeley.

M.A. University of California at Berkeley


Galerie Nina Dausset, Paris
Galerie du Dragon, Paris

Fondation Beijeler, Basel.
Pasadena Museum of California Art- PMCA, Pasadena
Malingue, Paris
Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna

S2 Gallery, Sothebys, New York
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Galerie Iris Wazzau, Davos, Switzerland
Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Pasadena Museum of Art
Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen, Netherlands
Guy Pieters Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica
Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley
Galerie Fleury, Paris

Galerie Diane Pollignac, Paris
Tokyo Station Gallery, Toyama
Van de Wege Fine Art, New York
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Bernard Jacobson Gallery – New York
Bernard Jacobson Gallery – London
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany

Galerie Iris Wazzau, Davos, Switzerland
Ma Galerie, Paris
Gallery Delaive, Art New York
Norton Simon Museum, Passadena
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, North Carolina
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, Texas
Bernard Jacobsen Gallery, London
Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany
Samuel Vanhoegaerden Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Opera Gallery, Zurich
Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen, Netherlands
Galeria Proarta, Zurich
L A Louver Gallery, Venice

Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam
Seizon Museum of modern art, Nagano, Japan
Centre Pompidou, Metz, France

Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, New York
Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert