Not on view
Oil on canvas
Overall: 57 1/8 × 92 1/16in. (145.1 × 233.8 cm)
Purchase, with funds from an anonymous donor
Rights and reproductions
© artist or artist’s estate
This large painting, created two years before David Park’s death, depicts a beach inhabited by four male figures wearing bathing trunks. Three of the men face the viewer on the shoreline as if they were posing for a photograph, while a fourth, seated in a rowboat, moves in the opposite direction through the water. Working from memory rather than preparatory studies, Park used a thick, large brush loaded with saturated pigments to create blocks of color that oscillate between descriptive references and abstract notations. The result is that, like a memory, the scene and the personalities of the figures emerge from and dissolve back into abstraction in equal measure.