Richard Diebenkorn, breath and life

Paintings either breathe in, or they breathe out. One only needs to look at the large brooding painting by Sean Scully RA, Doric Night (2011), currently on display in the Academicians’ Room, to see that it is sucking in air as fast as one can breathe. And the light too. In Diebenkorn’s paintings, especially the ‘Ocean Park’ series, one senses strongly the dry brittle light of where the desert meets the ocean. A crystalline light, noticeably different to the moisture-softened light we have here on the British Isles.
This is an except from Ian McKeever's review of the Richard Diebenkorn exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. The essay explores abstraction and light, both major concerns of Diebenkorn. Check out the full essay here
Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park Series #116, 1979


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