Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Frank Lobdell

Frank Lobdell (1921-2013) Untitled  2000  etching with soft ground and aquatint  22.5" x 16.75"

Lobdell was a bay area figure painter in the 50's along with Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn and David Park. He graduated from SFAI and taught at Stanford.  Lobdell was a major player in the Bay Area Figurative School. In the 60s my friend Jon Pittman was taking classes from Lobdell. Pittman worked in his own idiosyncratic manner which is to say smallish funky paintings. He and Lobdell had many discussions regarding scale and its importance. Needless to say, they did not agree on much. However, upon graduation Pittman brought a bottle of bourbon to Lobdell's studio and after much drinking and discussion came to at least a truce. Jon is still doing his smallish drawings and paintings and they are beautiful, personal and sometime absurd. I will post some of his work in the future.

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