While his work shares many similarities with his Bay Area contemporaries Richard Diebenkorn, Paul Wonner, and Richard Park, Raimonds Staprans focused on still lifes and distorted landscapes with color and light at the forefront. According to poet and curator, John Yau, Staprans’ work achieves a distinct “emotional tenor” unlike Diebenkorn’s: “His landscapes are like tectonic plates. One senses that their alignment is precarious, and that everything could shift suddenly and violently in the blink of an eye.” Read more about three paintings by Raimonds Staprans to go up for auction on May 19th.
Bay Area Figurative Artist
In September 1960, after a painful bout with cancer, David Park died in his Berkeley, California home. This final summer, however, was marked by an output of remarkable paintings that explored the themes of his career’s work: groups of people, rowboats, musicians, heads, and figures in landscapes. In the December 16, 2012 20th Anniversary Auction [Part Two], we will offer two works from the Bay Area Figurative painter David Park, one from his final summer.
In 1952, San Francisco artist William Theophilus Brown (born 1919) left New York, where he was experimenting with Abstract Expressionism, to develop a more personal style of painting. A graduate of Yale’s art school, Brown studied at the University of California, Berkeley where he met fellow Bay Area Figurative painters, including Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, […]