Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) began painting as a student at Stanford University in the early 1940s. After serving in the Marine Corps during World War II, he returned to his studies at the California School of Fine Arts where he developed a more abstract style of painting. But by 1955, Diebenkorn turned toward representational modes, exploring landscape, still life, and figurative painting and drawing. Elements of both abstraction and figuration are visible in one of the artist’s most renowned bodies of work, the Ocean Park series, which Diebenkorn began after moving to Southern California in 1966 to teach at UCLA. Named after the part of Santa Monica where the artist’s studio was located, the Ocean Park paintings combine fields of color that allude to aerial views of land and ocean, yet remain wholly non-representational.