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No Brush, c.1987-Sam Francis-Serigraph

No Brush, c.1987By Sam Francis

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About This Piece
The Art
Within the deceptive chaos of “No Brush, 1987” by Sam Francis, order, logic and purpose prevail. Schooled in botany, psychology and medicine, Francis (1923 – 1994) was a creative spirit with a scientific mind. His abstract works may be interpreted as haphazard or unstructured, but they were intended to show space, light, symmetry and patterns. This piece erupts with colors and forms emerging entirely from drips and splashes of paint in a style called Tachisme. A Zen Buddhist, Francis constantly presented yin and yang opposites in his art, starting all of his pieces as black and white proofs, which he believed intensified the impact of the final color prints.

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.
Product ID: 10354205A
The Artist
Sam Francis’ amorphous forms fluidly expand, vibrate, separate and reunite like torrents of bubbles. Originally from California, Francis (1923 – 1994) studied botany, psychology and medicine before he began painting while hospitalized for a lengthy illness. Using bright oils and sheer watercolors, Francis painted cell-like clusters of asymmetrical forms. He adopted the French Tachisme style, which allows free-flowing paint to create a spontaneous design. Francis was also inspired by the Japanese technique of incorporating large white expanses into artwork. With work displayed in respected museums such as New York’s Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art, Francis is considered one of the United States’ preeminent contemporary masters.
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