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About the Work
"Untitled, 1962 (SF62-020)" is an iconic work from the artist’s later ‘Blue Balls’ period when colors began to return to his painting. Featuring only primary colors in an asymmetrical composition, the work is well-developed in its use of negative space and color. Typical to this stage, the abstractions take on floating, organic-looking forms and particular to this case, a decidedly phallic shape. Blue remains the dominating color but red and yellow begin to aggressively pronounce themselves here. These primary colors across the white paper create a sense of movement between the floating specks, splotches and deeply-pigmented forms. This composition exemplifies the ‘bold action’ Francis naturally instilled in his art through his fascination with, and mastery of, color. The image size is 22 x 30-inches. The framed size 27 x 35 - inches. "Untitled, 1962 (SF62-020) comes framed and with a certificate of authenticity.
About the Artist
Born in Northern California in 1923, Sam Francis briefly attended the University of California at Berkeley before leaving to join the Army Air Corps in 1943. While in military service, he suffered injuries that led to spinal tuberculosis, requiring a long recuperation. During this period, he began to paint. In the late 1940s, Francis began to study at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) and to work with fellow painter, David Parks. A short time later, he returned to UC Berkeley to study both painting and art history, eventually earning bachelor's and master's degrees. The artist's desire to explore his art led him to Paris in the early '50s, and it was here that his professional career as an artist truly began. Soon after arriving in Europe, he began to travel extensively, living working and exhibiting in Paris, Tokyo, Switzerland and eventually, the United States. In 1962, Francis settled in Southern California.