An Affectionate Portrait of Sam Francis

An Affectionate Portrait of Sam Francis
John Hunter (American, 1934-)
Paper: 11-1/2 x 12 in. (29.21 x 30.48 cm.) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Anonymous Gift 
Accession Number:
© 2011 John Hunter 
Not on View

John Hunter created this portrait of fellow artist Sam Francis (1923–1994) in March 1969 while the two of them were working at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. Hunter took Francis’s signature style—splattered dots of contrasting color—and applied it to his cartoon-like portrait of the elder artist, who he depicts with his characteristic dripping brush. The figure is almost Santa Claus–like, with an unkempt crown of wavy white hair and a comically rotund body.

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