Bay Area Figurative Art
The Oakland Museum of California has a premier collection of early and late Bay Area Figurative paintings and works on paper. Bay Area Figuration grew out of the post-World War II era when West Coast artists adapted the free use of paint in the prevailing Abstract Expressionist style of the period, and applied it to describing forms and figures. In this way, the region contributed a significant new voice of painterly experimentation and zeal to the art of the times. The collection includes early Bay Area Figurative painters, such as David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Richard Diebenkorn, as well as later practitioners such as Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, and Nathan Oliveira.