In 1947, the young Raimonds Staprans emigrated with his family fromLatvia to America, and for the past half century the artist and playwrighthas lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area. In RaimondsStaprans: Art of Tranquility and Turbulence, Paul Karlstrominvestigates the realism and abstraction in Staprans' work, focusing onthe more edgy and self-revealing paintings by bringing the artist's lifeexperience and personal psychology prominently into the equation.Karlstrom recognizes that the meaning of Staprans' work cannot beunderstood solely in terms of the painterly skill and aesthetic beautythat characterize the landscapes, marines, and still lifes. Neither can itbe fully appreciated in the minimalist abstraction with which Stapransqualifies his realism.
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