John-Franklin Koenig (1924-2008) was well known internationally as an abstract painter and printmaker. He was born in Seattle, USA, and after war service in Europe and attending university in Washington State he returned to Paris in 1948 where he was to live for the next thirty years although he also retained a studio in Seattle. In France he worked on paintings and collages, some influenced by his interest in Asian art, and others by what he had learned from European artists. He painted his first abstract in 1950 and his first public show was held at the Galerie Arnaud in Paris in 1952 which consisted of small collages. During his lifetime Koenig had more than 150 one-man exhibitions internationally and his work was acquired by a number of public collections, including the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Musée National d'Art Modern Paris, the National Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Japan, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and Musée d'Art Contemporain in Montreal, Canada, and the Seattle Art Museum. In 1989, the Paris Arts Centre held a retrospective of his work. Koenig returned to America in 2006, and after his death in Seattle in January 2008 the Museum of Northwest Art in Bellingham, Washington State held a retrospective exhibition of his work.