By Helen Park Bigelow
―First full-length publication in 20 years dedicated to the artwork and lifetime of this significant American artist. contains greater than ninety plates illustrating Park's improvement and profession ―Park's work have visible 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 was once an essential component of the San Francisco Bay artwork neighborhood from the early Thirties on, and is counted as one of many team of immensely proficient artists who made up the Bay quarter Figurative portray circulate in its nascent years of the Nineteen Fifties. A painter deeply devoted to humanity as a subject matter in an period that exalted abstraction, Park's paintings may be startling for its intensity of feeling even this present 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 virtually past fulfillment at the present time.
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Once a week, by phone, Deedie ordered groceries to be delivered. She managed our ration books well and we always had enough food, all precisely designated, with no leftovers and no snacks. If Deedie came home earlier than nine or ten she collapsed on the living room couch and spent the evening napping. Every weekday morning, Deedie filled her old thermos with black coffee, took the bus downtown, and got off by the UC Press, where David would be parked on a side street waiting for her. She climbed into the car with him and they drank their coffee from the same tin cup and smoked the cigarettes they’d stood in line to buy.
About Nat, he says she aspires to be a pianist (it was a short-lived ambition) and about me, he says, maddeningly, 24 DAVID PARK, PAINTER 7809_David_Park_FIN_Layout 1 8/19/15 12:14 PM Page 25 “And Helen? ” I think what he meant was that Nat was a serious and thoughtful child of obvious intelligence, and I was all over the place, exuberant and reckless. But I wish I had his words. When David’s first year teaching full time ended, he described his mood just after school had let out in June, when he faced a whole summer in which to paint.
Nat and I were playing outside under the large elm tree on an exceedingly windy September day in 1938. She was almost seven and I was five. Leaves and twigs swirled wildly. Deedie had ridden off on the streetcar to do errands and David was inside painting, as he always was when home in daylight hours. ” Instead, he usually had three or four paintings going at a time, and he was perpetually impatient to get back to them. On that day, he was absorbed in his work. There was no radio, no news or music.
David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back by Helen Park Bigelow