Richard DiebenkornAmerican (Portland, Oregon, 1922 - 1993, Berkeley, California)
Ocean Park #54
Ocean Park #54 is part of a series of paintings Diebenkorn began in 1967 and continued for the next twenty years. The title refers to the Ocean Park section of Santa Monica, where the artist set up his studio after moving from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1966. The hazy light of Southern California is present in the soft, translucent colors of the painting. The scrapings beneath the overlapping layers of color, called pentimenti, are a visual record of the artist's many changes of mind, offering a glimpse of his creative process.