Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)
Richard Diebenkorn was raised and educated in San Francisco where he became associated with the Bay Area figurative artists and later abstract expressionism.
His later works, the Ocean Park paintings, were instrumental in his achievement of worldwide acclaim. These artworks had a distinctly personal, geometric style that departed from his early abstract expressionist period. The "Ocean Park" series, began in 1967 and developed for over twenty-five years, resulted in more than 140 paintings. These large-scale abstract compositions are named after a community near Santa Monica, Ca. where he had his studio.
As a printmaker he had a distinguished position among the printmaking painters of his generation. In his pursuit of the techniques and imagery that could best express his vision he produced only about 100 prints. These prints exhibit the range of his styles from figurative to abstract. Diebenkorn used his prints to work through formal and thematic ideas that he also confronted in his paintings.
In 1978 he represented the United States with a one-person exhibition at the Venice Biennale. In 1991, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Diebenkornís work is included in many public and private collections throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and in California the Norton Simon Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.