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David Park, Nude in Chair, c. 1955–59
David Park, Nude in Chair, c. 1955–59; 17 × 14 inches


Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, 1968
Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, 1968; 17 × 14 inches


Elmer Bischoff, David Park and Richard Diebenkorn, n.d.
Elmer Bischoff, David Park and Richard Diebenkorn, n.d.; 12 × 9 inches and 11 × 8.5 inches


Elmer Bischoff, Woman, Back View and Nude with Arms Resting on Chair, n.d.
Elmer Bischoff, Woman, Back View and Nude with Arms Resting on Chair, n.d.; 12 × 9 inches each


Paul Wonner, Woman Reading, 1963–64
Paul Wonner, Woman Reading, 1963–64; 14 × 17 inches


William Theophilus Brown, Male Model in Studio, 1964
William Theophilus Brown, Male Model in Studio, 1964; 14 × 17 inches


William Theophilus Brown, Sterling Holloway, 1962
William Theophilus Brown, Sterling Holloway, 1962; 17 × 14 inches


William Theophilus Brown, Female Nude, 1965
William Theophilus Brown, Female Nude, 1965; 22 × 17 inches


William Theophilus Brown, Seated Woman, 1982
William Theophilus Brown, Seated Woman, 1982; 22-1/4 × 14-1/2 inches


Nathan Oliveira, Figure with Black Background, 1968
Nathan Oliveira, Figure with Black Background, 1968; 15-1/4 × 19 inches


James Weeks, Nude Reclining on Bed, 1967
James Weeks, Nude Reclining on Bed, 1967; 14-5/8 × 18 inches


James Weeks, Seated Nude, 1969
James Weeks, Seated Nude, 1969; 19 × 14 inches


Frank Lobdell, Untitled FL-121, 1965
Frank Lobdell, Untitled FL-121, 1965; 17 × 14 inches


Bruce McGaw, Woman Sewing, 1958
Bruce McGaw, Woman Sewing, 1958; 14 × 16-1/2 inches


Bruce McGaw, Paint Cans, 1959
Bruce McGaw, Paint Cans, 1959; 14 × 16 inches


William H. Brown, Nude, 1961
William H. Brown, Nude, 1961; 8-3/4 × 12 inches


David Park, Untitled (male study), c. 1955–59
David Park, Untitled (male study), c. 1955–59; 16-7/8 × 14 inches


Bay Area Figurative Drawing: 1958–1968

Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of BAY AREA FIGURATIVE DRAWING: 1958–1968, an exhibition of drawings from the historic period of Bay Area figuration, on Saturday, January 7, 2017. This exhibition features works on paper by many of the major artists in the movement, including David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, James Weeks, Paul Wonner, William Theophilus Brown, Nathan Oliveira, Frank Lobdell, Bruce McGaw, and William H. Brown. BAY AREA FIGURATIVE DRAWING: 1958–1968 will be on view through February 25, 2017.

Led by David Park, the Bay Area Figurative Movement began as a rejection of the pure abstract painting coming from New York in the 1940s-1950s, and represented locally by Clyfford Still’s powerful influence at the then California School of Fine Arts, now the San Francisco Art Institute. Not a complete rejection of abstraction, Bay Area figuration combined abstraction with traditional realism to form a unique and distinct hybrid. The works in the show include still lifes, portraits, and figurative studies, revealing how each artist both developed and expanded the movement while also creating a distinct style within it.




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