California Figurative

Springing from the San Francisco Post-War expressionist movement, the Bay Area Figurative movement (introduced by David Park) became a phenomena in the late 40s and early 50s. Park had become disenchanted with the limitations of non-objective art and focused on inserting the figure into his abstractions. This purely California invention spread quickly in the San Francisco area and soon was embraced in many areas of the state. Though commonly referred to as the Bay Area Figurative Movement (first generation, bridge generation and second generation artists), it is clear now that a whole new group of talented artists born in the 1930s through the 1950s created a third generation of abstract figurative artists who were heavily influenced by the pioneers in the movement.