David Park: California Dreaming

David Park, Two Bathers, 1958, oil on canvas, 58 x 50 inches (San Francisco Muse
David Park, Two Bathers, 1958, oil on canvas, 58 x 50 inches (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

Carl Belz posts an essay on the work of painter David Park.

Belz writes: "I believe Park’s decision (to abandon abstraction) went deeper; it entailed an intuitive grasp of what he could and could not use in Abstract Expressionism, a process of selection that in itself marked the coming to maturity of his artistic thought. Concomitant with that process was the further intuition that Abstract Expressionism, however appealing in terms of its urge to freedom and experimentation, was essentially foreign to his artistic temperament, and possibly foreign as well to the time and place where he was teaching and living and making his art."