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The American painter and printmaker Samuel Lewis Francis was born in California in 1923. He was injured while in the United States Air Force during World War II, and it was during his convalescence that he began to paint. After several years spent in hospital, he started studying art at the University of California, Berkeley.

Francis was loosely associated with the second generation of American abstract expressionists such as Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler, but he was also influenced by the work of Arshile Gorky, Clyfford Still, and Mark Rothko. He had his first exhibition in 1952 at the Galerie Nina Dausset in Paris. In the 1950s his work was lauded by several French art critics.

He continued to travel beyond Paris and he was influenced by the art of Japan, Switzerland, and Mexico in addition to that of France and America. In the 1970s his art began to relate to Jungian psychoanalysis and unconscious imagery.

Francis lost the use of his right hand in the last year of his life. Before he died in 1994 he used his left hand to paint about 150 final works. He died in Santa Monica, California.

Artworks

Francis - Cloud Rock (from 1 Cent Life)

Cloud Rock (from 1 Cent Life)

1964

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Francis - Kayo 4 Years Old (from 1 Cent Life)

Kayo 4 Years Old (from 1 Cent Life)

1964

Lithograph

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