Sam Francis, Untitled, 1980

Artist: Sam Francis (1923 - 1994)
Title:Untitled, 1980
Medium:Unique Original Monotype with oil paint, dry pigment, and ink on handmade paper
Image Size:30 1/8 in x 25 in (76.5 cm x 63.5 cm)
Sheet Size:30 1/8 in x 25 in (76.5 cm x 63.5 cm)
Framed Size:42 1/8 in x 36 7/8 in (106.9 cm x 93.7 cm)
Edition:Unique Original Monotype
Signature:This work is hand signed in pencil in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-6216

Historical Description

Sam Francis Untitled, 1980 is a beautiful and intricate piece that reaches into the depth of one’s soul. Known for splashes of color and fine details in large spread-out surfaces, Francis creates a work that showcases his iconic style. The wide range of color palette used vibrates across the white space, colliding with different shapes and sizes. They form a kind of spatial web that are strategically yet randomly placed. This style edifies the talent and genius behind Francis’ capability as a successful artist. The splashes of vivid color saturate the large area whereas the sporadic lines devour its entirety from corner to corner. Circles, squares, and oblong rectangles brighten up the mood where we as the audience can almost feel the playfulness and texture of this piece. Francis opens up a gaping door to his internal psyche and what he’s concerned with as an artist. Using white space as a background, he displays an interest in the relationship between light, color, shape, line, and space. His expressive strokes—harsh and subtle—captivate us to continue searching for a beginning and end. There are moments of painterly expressions and then there are moments of brief and intense blotches. Incredulously gifted, Sam Francis showcases one of his most powerful and iconic pieces that expresses the style that he is most known for.

Created in 1980, this unique original monotype with oil paint, dry pigment, and ink on handmade paper is hand signed in the lower right.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Sam Francis Untitled, 1980 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.