Richard Diebenkorn

About

Richard Diebenkorn was SFAI’s first Visiting Artist, and he became a major force in the establishment of SFAI, helping to attract both students and other Visiting Artists, among whom are such renowned contemporary artists as John Baldessari, Elizabeth Murray, Susan Rothenberg, Donald Sultan, and Joel-Peter Witkin.

Richard Diebenkorn was a Master Artist in Residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute in 1985 & 1986. During his time at SFAI, Diebenkorn conducted painting workshops/master classes with selected students/artists.

Richard Diebenkorn grew up in San Francisco and attended Stanford University, and later the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute). Although well established as an abstract painter, Diebenkorn returned to figuration in the mid-1950s. He incorporated the dominant expressive painting style into representational canvases, often landscapes.

In 1966, he moved to Santa Monica and returned to quasi-geometric abstraction, though his work continued to evoke the landscape and the hazy coastal light of Southern California. Like his earlier works, Diebenkorn’s later abstractions allow the accumulated drawn and painted traces of his painstaking process to remain visible.

In 1988, he returned to live in Northern California, where failing health forced him to concentrate on small-scale works until his death five years later.

At SFAI

Additional Work

Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966 | HuffPost

Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966 | HuffPosthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-seed/diebenkorn_b_3961911.htmlIt’s too bad that “Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966,” won’t …
Richard Diebenkorn review – gorgeous, serious, hard-won work of a lifetime | Art and design | The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/mar/13/richard-diebenkorn-review-royal-academy-gorgeous-serious-hard-wonA beautifully arranged overview of Richard Diebenkorn’s work, from blazing California abstracts to figuration and back again, dazzles and delight
Richard Diebenkorn and the colours of California | Art and design | The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/feb/28/richard-diebenkorn-royal-academy-exhibition-figurate-abstract-painterDiebenkorn was both a figurative and abstract painter, but whichever label he wore he captured the tension beneath calm. Ahead of a major retrospective at the Royal Academy, Olivia Laing discovers his luminous canvases
Richard Diebenkorn and the colours of California | Art and design | The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/feb/28/richard-diebenkorn-royal-academy-exhibition-figurate-abstract-painterDiebenkorn was both a figurative and abstract painter, but whichever label he wore he captured the tension beneath calm. Ahead of a major retrospective at the Royal Academy, Olivia Laing discovers his luminous canvases
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