From his studio overlooking the hills in Santa Monica, Richard Diebenkorn produced over 100 paintings that captured the pale light of Southern California in an architectural and delicate impression of landscape. The Ocean Park series epitomizes the artist’s legacy: a career that blurred the edges of both abstraction and representation. These later paintings loom large, often eclipsing the raw creative energy of his earlier work.
Diebenkorn was a primary figure in West Coast Abstract Expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement. As a student and then faculty member at the California School of Fine Arts in the late 1940’s, he worked alongside David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Clyfford Still. Although influenced by these contemporaries, Diebenkorn’s style of expression was intensely individual.