What do I do outdoors? I never fish, never go to the beach, except, of course, to paint!
If I go out, it is only to paint.
- Paul Resika, 1993
I only paint outdoors if it is a new place. There is one exception: the figures on the beach. These figures, I know who they are, I know their names. These paintings I work on directly. No arranging, no fooling around. I have painted out of doors for thiry years, more than Cézanne, though less than Monet. More perhaps than any modern American painter.
-Paul Resika from Alan Gussow, The Artist as Native: Reinventing Regionalism. (San Fransisco: Pomegranate Art Books, 1993)
What do I look for?
A configuration, groups of shapes even more than color or light or subject... and I am a colorist.
-Paul Resika, 1993
Paul Resika (b. 1928, New York) studied under Hans Hofmann as a teenager in New York and Provincetown before departing for Venice and Rome in 1950 to study the old masters. After casting aside Hofmann’s abstract principles, his Italian palette turned sober and descriptive. Upon his return to the United States, Resika devoted himself increasingly to the exploration of light and color, and the synthesis of abstraction and representation. Over his eight-decade-long career, Resika has exhibited at the Peridot Gallery, New York; Graham Modern, New York; Long Point Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco; Meredith Long & Company, Houston and Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York. The artist splits his time between New York and Truro, Massachusetts.
Resika’s work is included in the collections of the Hood Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Addison Gallery among numerous others. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1984) and has been elected Academician at the National Academy of Design (1978) and the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1994).
Paul Resika: Eight Decades of Painting
Edited by Blair Resika
Rizzoli Electa (May 19, 2020)
Essays by Avis Berman, Jennifer Samet, Karen Wilkin & John Yau
12 x 11 inches
272 Pages | 200 Images
Hardcover with dustjacket
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Opening Banner Image: Paul Resika painting the Provincetown Pier, 1984, Provincetown, MA. Photo by Blair Resika.
Second Banner Image: Paul Resika painting on the beach in Provincetown, 1984, Provincetown, MA. Photo by Blair Resika.