Diebenkorn was born in Portland in April 22nd 1922, he was an American painter. From the age of four/five he was continually drawing, in 1940 Diebenkorn entered Stanford University, where he met his first two artistic mentors, professor and muralist Victor Arnautoff and Daniel Mendelowitz, with whom he shares a passion for the work of Edward Hopper. Hopper’s influence can be seen in Diebenkorn’s representational work of this time.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Diebenkorn’s method of painting and drawing shifted to a more florid style as he began to experiment with figure studies and still life painting. Still including figurative and landscape images, the artist incorporated a calligraphic form of art into the landscape, giving rise to the term ‘abstract landscape’.
Diebenkorn’s art technique deviated from the concept of abstract expressionism even further in 1965 to explore a more figurative form of art, one that exhibited moderately flat, planar fields of colour, balance in geometric shapes, and smaller space of craft.
As a painter who moved back and forth between abstract and figural paintings throughout his career, Richard Diebenkorn was not necessarily a revolutionary artist, but a tremendous contributor to the evolution of art through his version of abstract expressionism.