Francis Sprout was born in Tucson, Arizona and studied studio art and art education at the University of Arizona (1960s). After graduating he taught drawing, painting and sculpture at high schools in Tucson and Santee California. He entered the visual art program at University of California, San Diego in 1970 was Ford Foundation Fellow and graduated with an MFA in 1972. He then taught at the University of Denver (1972-1974) and in 1973 was selected to represent Colorado in the 74th Western Annual at the Denver Art Museum. Sprout then taught at Metropolitan State College in Denver. He exhibited and lectured throughout Colorado and was awarded tenure in 1981. In 1984 he took a sabbatical and enrolled in the African Studies Program at the University of California, Los Angeles and was subsequently award an MA (1990). He returned to Arizona (1987) as an adjunct professor at the west campus of Arizona State University. In 1991 Sprout moved to New York and established a studio in Port Chester. In addition to studio production, he taught at Purchase College, Manhattanville College and Pratt Institute of Art. In 2004 Sprout moved to Florida where he maintains a studio and continues to teach drawing and painting at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Sprout has exhibited widely and his work is represented in the collections of the Arizona State Universiry Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art as well as many private and corporate collections, such as Johnson Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, Johns Manville Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia and Pfizer Learning Center, Rye Brook, New York.
(Detail) Santa Rita 1974-75, acrylic & metallic powers on canvas 108 x 108 inches