The friendship of Howard and Dorothy Baker, Mildred and Bertrand Bronson and Lydia and David Park was intimate, stimulating
and youthful. Baker was Yvor Winter's protégé, and a genius. Dorothy was writing or had just published YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN,
and had begun to reveal her lesbian inclinations. Bertrand Bronson was a Rhodes scholar and the finest English Litetature
intelligence ever at Berkeley. All were Young at this time, and all recombined for a period in Cambridge (early on).
Born in Boston, Mass., David Park studied at The Otis Art Institute in Los
Angeles in 1928. Upon moving to the San Francisco Bay area, Park first taught at
the California School of Fine Arts, 1944-52, and then at the University of California
at Berkeley from 1955-60.
A figure painter in the 1930s and `40s, Park began experimenting with Abstract
Expressionism in the 1950s, greatly influenced by the works of Clifford Still
and Mark Rothko. Park then reconsidered his earlier interest in the human form,
now through an Expressionist eye, and became one of the foremost proponents of
the New Figurative movement in the Bay Area. He died of cancer in 1960.
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