Site of David Park's Studio

Site of David Park's Studio (HMZD9)

Location: Berkeley, CA 94704 Alameda County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 52.274', W 122° 16.163'

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Berkeley History

In the 1940s painter David Park (1911-1960) had a studio in a brick building that once occupied this site. Despite a well-received exhibition of his abstract expressionist works at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1948, Park rejected abstraction and took many of his paintings of the previous three years to the city dump. Discovering a new freedom in "the natural development of the painting," Park began creating richly colored and textured works depicting the human figure and scenes from everyday life. In his shift from abstraction lay the origin of what subsequently came to be known as the Bay Area Figurative style. Soon adapted by fellow Berkeley painters Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, and others, this style became an important West Coast postwar indigenous school of art.
HM NumberHMZD9
Year Placed2003
Placed ByBerkeley Historical Plaque Project
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 7:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 564258 N 4191779
Decimal Degrees37.87123333, -122.26938333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 52.274', W 122° 16.163'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 52' 16.44" N, 122° 16' 9.78" W
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Area Code(s)510, 415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2025 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704, US
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