Selected Works

2019-10-08T15:14:38-08:00

Albuquerque #9

Richard Diebenkorn

A native of New Mexico, Richard Diebenkorn was described by art critic Michael Kimmelman as “one of the premier American painters of the postwar era, whose deeply lyrical abstractions evoked the shimmering light and wide-open spaces of California.” In his early work, Diebenkorn explored abstract expressionism – reflected in “Albuquerque.”. He ultimately expanded into other styles, such as figuration. Living most of his life in California, Diebenkorn served on the UCLA faculty starting in the late 1960s, when he began producing his most famous works: his Ocean Park series of 145 paintings over 20 years. He died in 1993 at age 71.

Image caption: Richard Diebenkorn, Albuquerque #9, 1952, Oil on canvas, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, © 2018 Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

2019-10-08T15:16:41-08:00

Bob

Charles Arnoldi

A Southern California transplant originally from Dayton, Ohio, Charles Arnoldi imbues his signature wood sculptures with abstract expressionism, creating vibrant, three-dimensional hybrids of painting and woodwork. Born in 1946, he moved to Ventura in the late 1960s, attending a series of art schools before pursuing an independent career. Arnoldi’s art – most of which he calls “stick paintings,” characterized by twigs and branches affixed to colored wood and canvas – became a fixture in California museums throughout the late 20th century, appearing in the Berkeley Art Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art and LACMA.

Image caption: Charles Arnoldi, Bob, 1988, acrylic on plywood, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, © 9/21/18 Charles Arnoldi

2019-10-08T15:17:35-08:00

Car Crash (Wipe-Out on Pacific Coast Highway)

Carlos Almaraz

In the 1970s, Mexican-born Carlos Almaraz catalyzed Los Angeles’ Chicano street art movement, infusing cultural activism into his seemingly subdued paintings of Southern California landscapes marred by fires, car crashes and other disasters. Almaraz grew up in Chicago and East Los Angeles and became involved in social justice issues such as Cesar Chavez’s labor advocacy. The themes in his art also permeate his writing; he produced dozens of volumes of poetry and philosophy. Almaraz, whose paintings are installed in galleries worldwide, died in 1989 at age 48.

Image caption: Carlos Almaraz, Car Crash (Wipe-Out on Pacific Coast Highway), 1984, oil on canvas, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, © The Carlos Almaraz Estate 2018

2019-10-08T15:18:21-08:00

Children’s Playground

Ben Messick

A student and longtime instructor at the renowned Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles, Ben Messick is as well-known for his regionalist paintings as he is for influencing a generation of Los Angeles modernists. His career began in the late 1920s and continued up to his death in 1981. Messick’s oeuvre can be divided into two distinct periods: regionalist paintings from the 1930s and ’40s and modernist pieces from the 1950s onward. His work is featured in many Southern California museums and private collections.

Image caption: Ben Messick, Children’s Playground, 1936, oil on canvas, The Buck Collection at The UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, © 2018 Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery

2019-10-08T15:19:08-08:00

People and Eye Trees in the Park in Madrid

Joan Brown

One of the progenitors of San Francisco’s beat art movement, Joan Brown produced figurative paintings that cross the boundaries between mundane and abstract while centering on the vibrant colors, cultures and images of coastal California. A Bay Area native, she began painting in her early 20s, drawing inspiration from her personal relationships, ancient culture, and such artists as Goya and Rembrandt. Later in life, Brown became interested in Eastern spirituality and made frequent trips to India, where she died in 1990.

Image caption: Joan Brown, People and Eye Trees in the Park in Madrid, 1961, oil on canvas, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, © 8-3-2018 Noel Neri

2019-10-08T15:20:03-08:00

Santa Ana Arrows

Rodger Kuntz

Fascinated by freeways, blimps and bathtubs, painter Roger Kuntz was best known for his dramatic portrayals of Southern California highways and road signs, rendered with stark light and shadow. Born in Texas in 1926, he grew up in Lomaland, a Theosophical Society community in San Diego’s Point Loma neighborhood. Kuntz studied art at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University, served as a B-24 turret gunner during World War II and taught at Scripps College before moving to Laguna Beach in 1963. In 1975, three years after being diagnosed with skin cancer, he took his own life.

Image caption: Roger Kuntz, Santa Ana Arrows, ca. 1962, oil on canvas, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, © Mary Kuntz 8/13/2018

2019-10-24T15:49:53-08:00

Thrasher

Peter Alexander

Although most famous for his involvement in Southern California’s light and space sculptural movement of the 1960s, Peter Alexander is also fascinated with California’s urban landscapes and has incorporated them into many of his paintings. He was born in Los Angeles in 1939, and the city has remained a muse throughout his artistic career. His best-known paintings depict aerial views of Southern California by night, and his work has been commissioned by area landmarks such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Santa Monica Municipal Airport. In addition to being exhibited nationwide, Alexander’s paintings and sculptures have appeared in renowned Southern California institutions including the Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Image caption: Peter Alexander, Thrasher, 1992, oil on canvas, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, © 2018 Peter Alexander

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Carlos Almaraz, Car Crash (Wipe-Out on Pacific Coast Highway), 1984, oil on canvas, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, © The Carlos Almaraz Estate 2018