Sam Francis was born in California in 1923. He studied botany before serving in World War II, during which he was severely injured in a plane crash. While recuperating in hospital, Francis turned to painting, which in turn led him to experiment with printmaking. He worked with Kenneth Tyler at Gemini GEL in the early 1970s, and created several print series that reflected his influences in Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting.

Francis’s interest in printmaking extended beyond his collaborations at Gemini: he established the Litho Shop, his own print studio, and Lapis Press, which specialised in art books.
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