Westchester, Los Angeles, California, United States
David Park studied at Otis College of Art and Design from 1928 - 1929.
San Francisco, California, United States
David Park worked as a teacher at the San Francisco Art Institute.
David Park moved to Los Angeles in 1928 to study at the Otis Art Institute (now, Otis College of Art and Design) for a year before dropping out.
By 1943, David Park moved to San Francisco and in 1944 began teaching at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute). In 1949, at the age of 39, he destroyed all of his abstract, nonobjective paintings from the forties and began work on what are now called his "New Figurative" paintings. Park's abandonment of pure abstraction in favor of figuration was fostered by a dissatisfaction with what he perceived to be the egocentric excesses of abstract expressionist artists. His return to traditional subject matter did not inhibit the formal challenges he set for himself; Park's works are defined by unconventional spatial relationships, a flattened picture plane, shocking color, and a liberal, sensuous use of paint: all based on his experience with non-objective painting.
In 1950, Park shocked his peers with the exhibition of Kids on Bikes (1950), an essentially abstract painting with two unmistakably figurative elements—two boys and their bicycles. Thus, he introduced the style that would later be known as Bay Area Figurative Painting, a term coined by curator Paul Mills in his 1957 Oakland Museum exhibition of the same name.
In 1960, David was diagnosed with terminal cancer. That summer, despite intense pain, Park managed to paint over 100 small gouaches in ten weeks prior to his death.
Back of Nude1960
Man in a T-Shirt1958
Untitled (Nude Male Figure)1957
Les Baigneuses (The Bathers)1959
Portrait of Hassel Smith1951
Figure in Chair1960
Kids on Bikes1950
Boston Street Scene1954
In 1930, David Park married Lydia Newell. They had two daughters.