Saturday, 11 May 2019

Patricia Spergel / Richard Diebenkorn



Richard Diebenkorn
Window
1967                       
oil on canvas
234 x 203 cm (92” x 80”)
collection Iris & Gerald B. Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA




Richard Diebenkorn
Berkeley Series #7
1953      
oil on canvas
121 x 109 cm (47.75” x 43”)   
collection Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO



It was a revelation for me to see my first Richard Diebenkorn painting in person at Stanford University in 1993.  I had admired Diebenkorn as a painter and printmaker as an undergraduate student at Cornell University, but I was unprepared for the beauty, scale and aliveness of the brushwork I encountered standing in front of  “Window, 1967”.   As I progressed with my painting career, I truly began to appreciate the earlier and lesser known work of Diebenkorn.  Although I respect the “Ocean Park” series that he did in his later years, I remain most impressed by the Albuquerque and Berkeley series—when he transitions from figurative to abstraction while retaining elements of each in the paintings.  He was a master painter and if my work conveys even a fraction of his grace and joy of observation than I will feel satisfied.

Patricia Spergel, 2019



Patricia Spergel           
Diving
2018              
oil on canvas
41 x 51 cm (16” x 20”)



Patricia Spergel
Bolted
2017              
oil on canvas
76 x 81 cm (30” x 32”)


Patricia Spergel (US)
Sitaram
2018            
oil on canvas
46 x 61 cm (18” x 24”)