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Bay Area Figurative Painters: Paul Wonner, Theophilus Brown & photo by Jim Goldberg

Celebrating June PRIDE

[photo by Jim Goldberg from Rich and Poor (Random House, 1985)]

Theophilus Brown and Paul Wonner were first generation members of the Bay Area Figurative Movement along with David Park and Richard Diebenkorn. They were lifelong partners from the time they attended the University of California where they had met. Both taught at SFAI and both Wonner and Brown influenced this fascinating art movement as well as a multitude of painting students of the 1950s and 1960s.  Brown said: 

“We were together 50 years. He was my best critic and I think I was his best critic. We really trusted each other. And, well, I thought he was a marvelous man. Still do.”

For a couple of interviews with Theophilus Brown--one short; one long and the first one includes his music: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pTn-1iIkQM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=841Nlaon_8A&t=134s


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.





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