From April 11 through April 30, 2019 Martin Lawrence Galleries New York will show works from the gallery’s private collection by acclaimed Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis, featuring original paintings created in the years spanning 1950 through 1994.
Major canvases and unique monotypes, from the artist’s “Bright Ring” series to “The Last Works” will be on display in the gallery’s beautiful West Broadway location.
Following in the footsteps of peers Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKooning, Francis drew upon further influences such as Fauvism, color field painting and Japanese calligraphy to create a new style, within the definition of Abstract Expressionism, but owing as much to Kandinsky as Pollock, creating works concerned primarily with controlling chaos, color within the line.
Sam Francis remains one of the premier contemporary masters. His work is rooted in 1950s and 60s Abstract Expressionism which was concerned with giant color fields and painterly dripping gestures.
Francis sold his first painting to the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1955. He lived and worked in Paris, Mexico, Hong Kong and New York, but it is most of all the Southern California climate that pervades his work. Using vibrant oils and translucent watercolors, Francis culls from the sun, sea and sky an unmistakable and unsinkable buoyancy. Abstract forms float sensuously and weightlessly. Standing in front of a Francis, one is pulled into a watery world of vivid color and pulsating forms.
The dripping is energetic, the spectral colors, quietly spiritual. As private collectors and museums — such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York — have attested, there is a singular joy in owning a Sam Francis work of art.
Martin Lawrence Galleries is located at 457 West Broadway in New York City.