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Richard Diebenkorn started to paint under the influence of abstract impressionism in the late 1940’s. But unlike many of his contemporaries who were reluctant to change their signature styles, Diebenkorn made major shifts during the shape of his career; in the 50’s turning to figurative painting, and in the late 1960’s back to abstraction with the start of his long Ocean Parkseries. He said in a 1985 interview ‘I want a painting to be difficult to do. The more obstacles, obstructions, problems,
the better.’

The Ocean Park series capture the urban shapes and colours of California and Los Angeles during the 70’s and 80’s. These are a luminous series of works, compositions of colour and line and light, on both canvas and paper. They really are Diebenkorn’s crowning glory – confident, architectural, important paintings that demonstrate a painterly response to a unique landscape.

It is well worth a visit.

Matt | Projects Director & Head of Business Development

*Showing at the Royal Academy of Arts, open daily from 10:00-18:00 14th March – 7th June, 2015

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