Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is patina?

What is patina?

Patina is the distinctive greenish surface which bronze develops over years of exposure to the air and humidity. Artists also can apply chemicals to bronze to artificially create patina. Bronze can also be polished, which reveals its natural rich gold color.

Naive art

Naïve art describes a style of artwork which is unsophisticated and simple. It usually describes the artwork of artists who have not trained in a formal academy or art school. The style is unsophisticated, simple, lacking advanced art techniques; appearing that a child made it.

Assemblage

Assemblage is the French word for the artistic process of putting together three dimensional objects to create a work of art. Artists often use found objects, such as leaves or stones from nature, discarded items or recycled materials, to assemble in a creative, interesting way.

New Generation Sculpture

New Generation Sculpture was begun in the 1960s by a group of British artists. Their experiments with forms, materials and colors focused on sculpture which had no conventional bases. Their work used plastic sheeting, fiberglass, and other materials fastened together and brightly painted.

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