By Helen Park Bigelow
―First full-length ebook in 20 years dedicated to the paintings and lifetime of this significant American artist. comprises greater than ninety plates illustrating Park's improvement and occupation ―Park's work have noticeable a resurgence of curiosity between creditors and associations, with 2009 exhibitions at Washington's Phillips assortment and Stanford University's Cantor Arts middle; items lately auctioned for $2.7 million at Christie's and $1.4 million at Sotheby's David Park, Painter: not anything Held again chronicles the short yet remarkably prolific profession of this American artist, who died in 1960 at age forty nine. He used to be a vital part of the San Francisco Bay paintings neighborhood from the early Nineteen Thirties on, and is counted as one of many staff of immensely talented artists who made up the Bay sector Figurative portray stream in its nascent years of the Fifties. A painter deeply dedicated to humanity as a subject matter in an period that exalted abstraction, Park's paintings will be startling for its intensity of feeling even this day. Writing approximately him lately, San Francisco critic Kenneth Baker famous: Park's freedom from irony will strike somebody sated via postmodernist flippancy as enviable and nearly past success this day.
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Nat’s was a chair by Van Gogh, mine a jungle by Rousseau. Now that we were in our wonderful big house, Deedie and David stepped right back into their Berkeley life with the friends they had missed so desperately during our Boston years. Once again our house became a central place in the circle of people around my parents, with David the center of the circle. The minute he walked into the room, the whole place perked up, as if the air itself brightened. David had a deep, captivating voice. He paused frequently to search for just the right word.
She was much more David’s wife than she was our mother. While I was in high school, watching other people’s mothers walk down the hall to a PTA meeting, looking long at those women, I compared them to my mother. Deedie had never been to my school. I doubted that she knew what the PTA was. She rarely learned the names of my friends, didn’t follow my activities, and was uninvolved with how I spent my time. One day at school I watched another mother walk along the corridor. She was wearing a gray skirt, a pink sweater set, and pointy black pumps.
It must have made him happy to be taking her back home. Every time I drive through California’s bare summer landscape, I’m back again in the car with my mother, and with the gift to me of her sense of place. ” THE EARLY YEARS 33 7809_David_Park_FIN_Layout 1 8/19/15 12:14 PM Page 34 7809_David_Park_FIN_Layout 1 8/19/15 12:14 PM Page 35 PART TWO THE FORTIES 7809_David_Park_FIN_Layout 1 8/19/15 12:14 PM Page 36 7809_David_Park_FIN_Layout 1 8/19/15 12:14 PM Page 37 O n a sunny day in October 1941, we walked up a steep, zig-zag- ging driveway from Santa Barbara Road in Berkeley to see a justvacant house that was for rent.