Paul Resika American b. 1928 Spring, 1980 Oil on canvas Signed lower right: Resika 41 x 76 inches
In the 1980s, Resika combines freely applied, highly saturated paint to architectonic structures suggesting boats and fishing shacks on Cape Cod, which is where he spends his time when he is not in New York. The blocky geometry of these works affords him a straightforward platform for his consummate colorism, with layered pigments glowing as if with their own light.
As he progresses into this century, his work takes a more abstract turn, but it still bears the legacy of a lifetime of close observation and bravura painting. In “Dream of Jack’s Island” (2006), a cluster of simplified, very green trees are haloed by daubs of pure white that quickly recede into the overcast bluish-grayish-greenish sky. Though barely noticeable, these accents pop the trees off the picture plane through an expert manipulation of the vocabulary of paint.
Paul Resika American b. 1928 Roses, 1988 Oil on canvas Signed lower right: Resika; dated lower left: 10 July 1988 Titled and dated on verso: Roses (10 JULY 1988) 21 ½ x 18 inches Framed: 29 ½ x 25 ¾ inches
Paul Resika American b. 1928 The Dark Pond (Horseleech), 1983-84 Oil on canvas 32 1/4 x 50 1/4 inches Framed: 37 1/4 x 55 1/4 inches Signed at lower right: Resika Titled and dated on verso: The Dark Pond, 1983-84
Resika once said that his paintings were never “of something; rather they are something – paintings that have their own very independent existence from the landscape they imagine.”
A student of Hans Hofmann and his famed theory of color and with his first solo show at the George Dix Gallery in New York at the tender age of just nineteen, Paul Resika is known as an artist who always followed his own unique path. Resika was associated with the second generation of Abstract Expressionist artists in New York City who sought to meld the gestural emphasis and emotional immediacy of the Expressionists with their own representational subject matter. Resika’s work succeeds in seamlessly incorporating the abstract and the figurative within the context of a highly keyed color palette.
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