Theme/Style Modernism, Social Realism, Abstract Expressionism, figurative art
Media Oils, watercolors, murals
Artistic Focus Considered by many to be the first California new figurative painter, David Park was “the first non-objective artist here to feel that the great international divide in the watershed of abstraction had been reached––the beginning of an American ‘post-abstract’ period.”And yet others say that Park’s career “is not the story of a switch from abstract to figurative; it is a complicated, fluctuating interplay of the two.” In addition to the use of linear contours and shapes as a means of expression, Park’s early work, in the period from 1930 to 1945, reflects his belief that the human form is the most interesting object to paint. Prior to gaining widespread fame for his authoritative works of the 1950s, he experimented with lyrical genre scenes, Cubism and Abstract Expressionism.
• In 1930, he served as an assistant to Ralph Stackpole
during the creation of the monumental sculptures adorning the front of
the Pacific Stock Exchange in San Francisco.
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