Like bubbles left by a school of fish, Sam Francis’ nebulous forms fluidly expand, vibrate, separate and reunite. A Californian who studied botany, psychology and medicine, Francis (1923 – 1994) began painting while recovering from a lengthy illness. His trademark cell-like, irregular forms were painted in bright oils and clear watercolors. Francis was strongly influenced by the French free-form Tachisme style and the Japanese technique of utilizing broad expanses of white space. Francis’ masterful, contemporary work is displayed at numerous museums, including New York’s Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art.