A conversation on the iconic Bay Area painter
David Park was born in Boston in 1911. He moved to California to attend the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1928 and moved to San Francisco in 1929. Park began teaching at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) in 1944. He was initially considered an Abstract Expressionist and in 1949, destroyed all of his abstract work. His return to the figure as subject matter, after destroying all of his non-objective work, was the beginning of an art movement that became known as “Bay Area Figurative Painting”. The Anderson Collection is home to one of these paintings, Four Women, 1959.