Sam Francis: Power & Containment

Sam Francis Artwork- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Painting is about the beauty of space and the power of containment,” said Sam Francis (1923-1994). The abstract expressionist master is best known for paintings that show multicolored abstract splatters between luminous fields of white. “Containment” isn’t the first word you might use to describe these exuberant artworks that are devoid of hard edges. However, much like Jackson Pollock, Francis was actually exercising precise control in the creation of his work. Though Francis’s bright pigments are focal points, he knew that negative space was his most important compositional tool. These new prints in the Zane Bennett Contemporary collection are dazzling examples of his signature aesthetic.

Image: Sam Francis.

Sam Francis- Chinese Wall CTP- Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis
Chinese Wall (CTP), 1969,
lithograph, 30.12 x 22.5 in.

Sam Francis- Untitled SF 236- Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis
Untitled (SF 236)1978
lithograph, 38.25 x 28 in.

Sam Francis- Untitled SF 78- Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis
Untitled (SF 78)1964
lithograph, 15.5 x 22.75 in.

Sam Francis- Untitled SF 319- Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis
Untitled (SF 319)1964
lithograph, 15.5 x 22.75 in.

Sam Francis- Untitled AP- Aquatint and Drypoint- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis
Untitled AP1982
aquatint and drypoint, 29.87 x 23.87 in.

Sam Francis- Pasadena Box- Lithograph- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Sam Francis,
III, from the Pasadena Box, Variant II, 1963,
lithograph, 15 x 11.25 in.

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