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Sherron Francis Paintings

American, b. 1940

Sherron Francis was born in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Illinois in 1940. She studied fine art at the University of Oklahoma from 1958 to 1960 before transferring to the Kansas City Art Institute. She ultimately graduated from the Institute in 1963. In Missouri, Francis met Dan Christensen (Class of 1964), an artist friend, who would play a key role in her career throughout the next two decades. Francis then received her MFA from the University of Indiana before assuming a teaching position at Eastern Michigan University.

In 1968, with only $300 on hand, Francis moved to 16 Waverly Place in Soho. At the time, the neighborhood boasted some of the biggest names in Abstract Expressionism. She quickly became friends with Walter Darby Bannard, Peter Young, Larry Zox and Larry Poons, who all lived and worked in the neighborhood. In fact, Francis introduced Larry Poons to his now wife, Paula, a friend and student of Francis.

By 1971, Christensen, who was exhibiting with Andre Emmerich, introduced Francis to the legendary gallerist. There was no better gallery to be showcasing Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting during this decade for an artist. For context, in 1972, Emmerich held solo exhibitions by art titans, such as Hans Hofmann, Al Held, Esteban Vicente, David Hockney and Morris Louis. In 1973 alone, Emmerich gave one-person exhibitions to Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, Hofmann, Jack Bush and a new discovery: 32-year-old Sherron Francis. The exhibition for Francis was a great success with Peter Schjeldahl positively reviewing it in the New York Times.

Francis’s career now took off with the stain paintings. In 1973, Francis exhibited at the Whitney Biennial and then received a second solo exhibition at Emmerich the following year. Corporate collections and private enthusiasts, including Helen Frankenthaler and Clement Greenberg, rushed to purchase her paintings. More than sixty of her paintings sold in one year at Emmerich’s gallery. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Francis exhibited at other leading American galleries, including Janie C. Lee, Barbara Kornblatt, Douglas Drake, Rubiner and Tibor de Nagy.

In the late 1970s, Francis became more interested in utilizing new acrylic and gel mediums that were becoming available. By 1980, she was also creating clay works and exhibiting them alongside Kikuo Saito and Betty Woodman. In 1983, art historian Jack Flam selected one of Francis’s paintings in his “Artists Choose Artists II” exhibition, consisting of works by Carl Andre, Jim Dine, Brice Marden, Richard Serra and Frank Stella.

Francis taught at several institutions including the Ridgewood School of Art and Design from 1972 to 1985 and Cooper Union from 1978 to 1985.

The landscape in downtown New York began to shift in the mid-1980s. When her landlord sold the building on Waverly Place, Francis moved to the North Fork permanently. Her move effectively severed ties with not just New York City, but also the art world, and her reputation went into eclipse. This sets the stage for rediscovery in 2022.

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(Biography provided by Lincoln Glenn)

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Artist: Sherron Francis
"Trap Rock," Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionism, Blue Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Trap Rock, 1972 Acrylic on canvas 22 3/4 x 16 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generat...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Yellow Tail I", Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Yellow Tail I, circa 1979 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 40 x 76 1/2 inches A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generation abstract e...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Untitled," Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionism, Purple Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Untitled, 1979 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 66 1/4 x 51 1/2 inches Signed and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the sec...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Untitled," Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionism, White Impasto
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Untitled, 1977 Acrylic on canvas 33 x 27 1/2 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generati...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Red Peak", Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Lyrical Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Red Peak, 1979 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 37 x 28 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the sec...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Bay Queen I," Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionism, Blue Lyrical
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Bay Queen I, 1979 Acrylic on canvas 66 x 34 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generatio...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Alien" Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionism, Purple Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Alien, 1979 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 67 x 49 inches Signed and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generat...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Befit", Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Purple Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Befit, 1979 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 79 x 67 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

"Grey Nomad" Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionism, Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Grey Nomad, 1972 Acrylic on canvas 79 1/2 x 48 1/4 inches Signed on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generation abstract ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Untitled," Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionism, Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Untitled, 1974 Acrylic on canvas 63 x 35 inches Signed and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generation abstract ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Pete's Neck", Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Beige Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Pete's Neck, 1981 Acrylic on canvas 34 1/2 x 22 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-gener...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Untitled", Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Pink Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Untitled, Circa 1973 Acrylic on canvas 71 1/2 x 51 1/2 inches Signed on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generation abstr...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

"Coarse Aggregate", Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Coarse Aggregate, 1972 Acrylic on canvas 88 x 52 3/4 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Eby" Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionism, Yellow Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Eby, 1972 Acrylic on canvas 64 x 42 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generation abstra...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Plum Bob," Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionism, Purple Lyrical
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Plum Bob, 1979 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 36 1/4 x 67 inches Signed on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generation...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Pepper Essay" Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionism, Black Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Pepper Essay, 1972 Acrylic on canvas 82 1/2 x 52 1/4 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Bandoline III", Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Yellow Lyrical
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Bandoline III, 1978 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 71 1/2 x 49 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue fo...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Untitled A-1" Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Red Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Untitled A-1, 1975 Acrylic on canvas 39 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches Signed on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generation abstrac...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Cheating Heart", Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Cheating Heart, 1975 Acrylic on canvas 77 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches Signed on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generation abstr...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Rebel II" Sherron Francis, 1979 Female Abstract Expressionist, Pink Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Rebel II, 1979 Acrylic on canvas 72 1/4 x 45 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generati...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Tideline", Sherron Francis, 1977 Female Abstract Expressionist, Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Tideline, 1977 Acrylic on canvas 93 x 45 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generation a...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Mr. Whisper", Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Blue Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Mr. Whisper, 1979 Acrylic on canvas 86 x 56 1/2 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-gener...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Fat Ruby", Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Pink Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Fat Ruby, 1972 Acrylic on canvas 84 x 47 inches Signed on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generation abstract expression...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Dry Gulch", Sherron Francis, 1979 Female Abstract Expressionist
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Dry Gulch, 1979 Acrylic on canvas 66 x 24 1/2 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generat...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

"Pio Pio" Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Blue Green Color Field
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Pio Pio, 1972 Acrylic on canvas 66 3/4 x 45 1/2 inches Signed and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generation ab...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

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"Coosa", Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionist, Periwinkle Color Field
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Located in Larchmont, NY
SHERRON FRANCIS (AMERICAN, B. 1940) Coosa, 1972 Acrylic on canvas 65 1/2 x 44 1/2 inches Signed, titled and dated on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generat...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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"Untitled," Sherron Francis, Female Abstract Expressionism
By Sherron Francis
Located in Larchmont, NY
Sherron Francis (American, b. 1940) Untitled Acrylic on canvas 12 1/2 x 45 inches Signed on the reverse A reappraisal is long overdue for the second-generation abstract expressionis...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Sherron Francis Paintings

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