Frank writes: "Jess's insouciant profundity accounts in great part for the pleasures of his work. They also come from his technical virtuosity and apparently constant desire to surprise himself, to push a little boundary here, a bigger boundary there, until, it seems, there was nothing Jess wouldn't try. Ambitious, almost Blakeian livres d'artiste with Duncan's poetry, collages and drawings realized in antique frames that seem to render the frames at once noble and silly, figurative paintings based on literature, photomontages and other appropriative collages that bespeak an awareness of Max Ernst's books (which anticipated, or helped spur, Ernst's influence on 1960s psychedelic art) or deft and daft seasonal cards that he made with Duncan, all these hybrid 'minor' gambits evince a sensibility so voracious it needed to fuse its muses in order to harness them."
John Seed interviews Thomas Williams on the occasion of the exhibition The Bay Area School Painters at Thomas Williams Fine Art, London, on view through June 22, 2013. The show includes works by Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, David Park, Ernest Briggs, John Grillo, Joan Brown, Frank Lobdell, Nathan Oliveira, Manuel Neri, and Paul Wonner.
Seed notes that "the show pairs the work of some early Bay Area notables -- Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, William 'Theophilius' Brown, Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira and Paul Wonner -- with a selection of artists who have benefited from their examples. If there is one real lesson that Bay Area Figuration has taught American painters over time, it is that nothing should stop a painter from playing the range between painterly figuration and painterly abstraction."
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