Born in Cortez,
Colorado, Francis Livingston is in the top ranks of American illustrators, and his work has been
widely published. Francis Livingston's paintings have been exhibited in San Francisco,
Los Angeles, and New York. Livingston was awarded both Gold and Silver Medals from the New York Society of Illustrators, San Francisco Society of Illustrators, and Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.
Livingston studied at the Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver before
moving to San Francisco in 1975 to attend the Academy of Art.
He has been an instructor in the illustration and painting departments for 25 years. Influenced by Sargent and
Whistler, Francis Livingston painted primarily in a monochromatic style until he
began to study the work of the Bay Area Figurative Movement,
including Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud and others.
That led to experiments with color and a fondness for the
California and French Impressionists.
Francis Livingston, The Long Day, Oil on Panel, 28" x 32"
For nearly twenty-five
years, Francis Livingston has been painting the Santa Cruz boardwalk. "I'd always
been intrigued by amusement parks, the rundown seediness, the intermingling
of the past and present. When I went down to Santa Cruz for the
first time in the 70's, it had that same quality as the old rides,
the colors starting to fade. It fit in with the look I was after."
Livingston has also done numerous portrayals of scenes from New York City
and Coney Island, focusing on dramatic architecture and color.
Francis Livingston lived
and worked in San Francisco and San Anselmo for 20 years until he
and his family relocated to the Sun Valley, Idaho area, where he has developed a deeper appreciation for the west. He has now become one of the West's premier living painters.
Francis Livingston's paintings of western landscapes and pueblo architecture capture
the colors and light effects that are unique to the West. His deep understanding of history, the land and its people allow him to create imagery
reminiscent of the Taos Founders, and other great western artists..
Francis Livingston, Winter Bison, Oil on Panel, 30" x 40"
Francis Livingston was commissioned to create the book cover images for academy award winning author Michael Blake's, Dances with Wolves and it's sequel, The Holy Road. He was also selected by the Kentucky Derby in 2004 to create their annual poster.
Rocky Mountain School of Art, Denver, Colorado
Academy of Art College, San Francisco, California
Academy of Art College, San Francisco, California – 10 years
Select Exhibitions and Awards
- 2013 - Solo Exhibition, Canyon Road Past and Present, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
- 2012 - Solo Exhibition, Pattern and Abstraction, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
- 2012 - Landscapes of the West, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
- 2012 - 4th Annual Small Works Show and Sale, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
- 2011 - Solo exhibition, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
- 2010 - Solo exhibition, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
- 2009 - Historic Trading Posts of the West, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
- 2009 - Geronimo Remembered, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
- June 2007 - Fred Harvey to Route 66 and Everything Inbetween . . . Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
- 2007 - Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
- 2005, 2006 - Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
- 2004 - Kentucky Derby Official Artist
- 2004 - Artists of the Grand Canyon, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
- 2003 - Book Cover Artist Michael Blake, Dances with Wolves and Holy Road
- 1984-2005 - Museum of American Illustration, New York, New York
- 1997, 1998 - Silver Medal - New York Society of Illustrators
Corporate and Private Collections
- Mercedes Benz
- Four Seasons Hotels, Newport Beach
- Michael Blake, Author of Dances with Wolves
- Brooks Brothers
- United Airlines
- Chevron Corporation
- Bank of America
- United States Air Force
- Gallo Wine
- Mark Andrus, Screenplay Writer for As Good as it Gets
- Lawrence Mark, Film Producer, Jerry McGuire and Dream Girls
- M Night Shaymalan, Author and Director, Sixth Sense and Unbreakable
- Homer Hickman, Author of October Sky
- Mae Ve Binchy, Author
- Patricia Hurst Shaw
Return to Francis Livingston's Paintings
Francis Livingston, Holy Road, Oil on Board, 20" x 30"