Like translucent organisms viewed under a microscope, the droplets and ellipses in Sam Francis’ “Blue Balls IV” quiver and pulse with their own life force. One of a 14-part series Francis (1923 – 1994) produced between 1960 and 1964, this piece adroitly bridged Abstract Expressionism with Pop Art, Minimalism and Color Field painting. Complex and daring, the work’s shimmering, gelatinous shapes blossom from Tachisme, a technique in which free-flowing paint creates a spontaneous design. Bordering a broad expanse of white space, the balls display understatement, intensity and the talent of a master at the zenith of his career. This piece is on view at the esteemed Smithsonian American Art Museum.
This serigraph is an artisan print with a stunning paint-like vibrancy and viscosity. Also known as screen printing or silk screening, serigraphy is a printing process by which inks are forced through a mesh screen and applied to the surface of the print. The result is a brilliantly hued work of art that retains its beauty for a lifetime.