DAVID PARK (American, 1911-1960), Untitled (Standing Male Nude), ca. 1959, Ink wash on paper, 17” x 14”; 24” x 20” framed
American (1911 – 1960)
David Park was a painter and founding member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, known for his thickly painted, intensely colored portraits. Born in Boston, Park moved to Los Angeles in 1928 to study at the Otis Art Institute for a year before dropping out. He went on to teach at the San Francisco Art Institute for many years, where he met at befriended fellow painters Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff.
“He came under abstraction’s spell for a while but, like a bad candidate for hypnosis, never succumbed to it comfortably,” SF Chronicle art critic Kenneth Baker once wrote.
Boldly cropped figurative works, showing couples and small groupings of men and women, nudes and close-up, semi-abstract faces composed in an economy of broad brushstrokes would consume Park until his early death from cancer in 1960, at just 49 years old.
-Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle
Park’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Paul Kantor Gallery in Los Angeles, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Palo Alto Art Center, among many others. The Whitney Museum of American Art held a major retrospective of his work in 1988.
2006 The Figure in Context: Bay Area Figurative Art, di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA
2000 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF, CA
1991 Homage to the San Francisco Art Institute: Artists Who Transformed American Culture, Hackett-Freedman, SF
1989 The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, NY
1988 Stanford University Museum, Palo Alto, CA
1986 Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
1985 & 1983 Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
1981 Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
1977–1978 Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
1974 Adele Bednarz Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
1970 Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, CA
1968 Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1964–1965 Berkeley Art Museum, Univ of California
1963 Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY (also 1962, 1959)
1959 M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
1955 Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1954 Paul Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1946 Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
1940 & 1935 San Francisco Museum of Art, SF, CA
1939 New Gallery of Boston, Boston, MA
1936 Delphic Studios, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY
The Hirshhorn Museum of Art in Washington DC
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME