Shingo Francis is a painter, drawer and photographer who employs a minimal and abstract approach to his work to explore color, time and expanse. Francis was born in Santa Monica, California in 1969. At the age of three he moved to Japan with his Japanese mother, and went to an international school in Tokyo until the age of thirteen. He subsequently moved back to California to live with his father during the academic year, spending the summer and winter breaks in Tokyo. Francis received degree Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992 from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. In 2001, he moved his studio from Los Angeles to Japan where he contemplated and immersed himself in its traditional and popular culture. Francis currently lives and works in New York City.
About Shingo Francis
Like his father, the painter Sam Francis, Shingo Francis is interested in form and color, and he has a keen appreciation for how these elements shape our perceptions. His acrylic painted canvases take unusual forms, including long, stretched paraboloids. He breaks the picture plane with horizons of densely worked masses of color. Of those horizons, Francis has said, “What the boundary represents is the interaction, the point between these two entities. It expands not just into culture but it can include personality and psychology, so it became kind of a greater boundary.” His paintings such as Orange and White (2010–11) and Open Space (2012) emphasize both the distinctiveness of individual colors and the overall totality and harmony of the compositions.
Japanese-American, b. 1969, Santa Monica, California, based in New York, New York