A number of prominent artists received their first recognition in
the Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition. Such artists included Robert
Arneson, Kathryn Uhl Ball, Elmer Bischoff, Fred Dalkey, David
Gilhooly, Ralph Goings, Gregory Kondos, Roland Petersen, Mel
Ramos, Ruth Rippon, Fritz Scholder and Wayne Thiebaud.
Roland Petersen (1926–) is a Bay Area painter whose paintings
from the 1950s and ’60s are masterful syntheses of gestural
abstract expressionism, painterly realism, and advanced color
theory. His work integrates still life, figures, and landscape
into complex, architectonic compositions that are beautiful and
enigmatic, but still retain a strong sense of place, in this case
the fields and farms of California’s Central Valley.
Sketching outdoors is the foundation of Kondos’ landscape
paintings. Everywhere he goes, his sketchbook is his trusted
companion. And the studio adjacent to his home is always jammed
with small pastel, pencil, and pen-and-ink sketches done on his
painting trips. “Drawing is the skeleton under the flesh of a
painting,” he says. “It is where art begins. Drawing helps me to
understand the landscape better, and it doesn’t allow me the
luxury of covering up problems in the composition with color.”
Elmer Bischoff (1916–1991) was a San Francisco-based painter
renowned for his figurative paintings from the 1950s and 1960s.
Bischoff is considered part of the first generation of Bay Area
Figurative painters, who, along with Richard Diebenkorn, David
Park, and James Weeks, deployed the lessons of non-objective,
expressionist painting—the importance of gesture and the use of
aggressive color—as a means of reengaging with reality-based
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