|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Californian Terry DeLapp seems more interested in painting space than objects, hiding tiny farm buildings behind extensive foregrounds and under high skies. His acrylic rural landscapes are almost abstractions, realistic but with minimal detail, featuring two wide planes of earth and sky sandwiching a thin line of distant middle-ground with its miniscule barns and farmhouses.|
Even a floral still-life, "Pink Flowers and Mason Jar," acrylic, 20 x 16, has the name-sake objects minimized at the bottom of the canvas, dwarfed by the amount of empty space of the ochre-umber wall behind. DeLapp's is a cautious, delicate vision.
Terry DeLapp was born in Pasadena, California in 1934, moving to Cambria, where he now lives, in his teen-aged years. He studied art at the University of California at Los Angeles and the Chouinard Art Institute, apparently working after graduation with an unusual combination of occupations and endeavors including painting, writing for actor-comedian Steve Martin and becoming a dealer in 19th and 20th Century American art.
Calling his painting style "neo-tonalist," DeLapp responds to the poetry of nature modified by the farmland cultivation of man, and mourns the increasing loss of it due to encroaching urbanization. He admires artists such as Inness, Whistler, J. Alden Weir and Xavier Martinez. DeLapp has exhibited at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.
From Southwest Art Magazine April 2003
By Todd Wilkinson
Known for his tonalist landscapes of the coast and valleys of central California, Terry DeLapp was born in Pasadena. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Hollywood, and at the University of California in Los Angeles.
His early painting including his small animal series was motivated by a strong commitment to the environment. In 1992, he moved to Cambria on the central coast and focused on the obvious beauty of his surroundings rather than subliminal political messages.
Source: Spanierman Gallery L.L.C., "Terry DeLapp."
|Biography from Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery (Artists A-H):|
|Terry DeLapp is a neo-tonalist painter who uses classical composition and a limited palette in his landscapes and still lifes. His current work is accessible, simple and beautiful, while his main concern remains, as always, the environment. |
Originally, my art was meant as a political-philosophical motivator. I… concentrated on relaying an image that would register with the viewer as a powerful statement of my concerns about the environment…Now I concentrate on painting that [tries] to match the loveliness of its inspiration. It was, and is, telling the old story in the old way, relying on painterly achievement to best convey my concern for the land and what is on it.
ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS (selected list):
2003 Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, California
2003, 2002, 2001 George Stern Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2002 Zaplin / Lampert Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002 Claudia Heath Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
2001 Ira Spanierman Gallery, New York, New York
1998 Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, California
1997 Wendy Hoff Gallery, New York, New York
1995 Perspective Gallery, New York, New York
1994 George Stern Gallery, Encino, California
1991, 1989 David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1984 Urike Cantor Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1982 Victoria Dailey Gallery, Los Angeles, California
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected list):
1997 Owing-Dewey Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1989 "Five L.A. Artists," Bryce Bannatyne Gallery, Santa Monica, California
1989 "Plein Aire Painters," Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills, California
1989 University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
COLLECTIONS (selected list):
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California
Private collections (from extensive catalogue listing):
Mr. & Mrs. Warren Adelson, New York
L. Rogers Brandon, Bakersfield, California
Ms. Debra Force, New York
Mr. & Mrs. Julian Ganz, Los Angeles, California
Brian Grazer, Pacific Palisades, California
Mr. & Mrs. Maurice Katz, Los Angeles, California
Leonard Hill, Santa Barbara, California (FDG - OK?)
Steve Martin, Los Angeles, California
Martin Mull, Los Angeles, California
Ms. Nancy Meyers, Los Angeles, California
Larry Salander, New York
Jean Stern, Irvine, California
Robert Zemeckis, Los Angeles, California
PUBLICATIONS: numerous exhibition catalogues
EDUCATION & AFFILIATIONS:
lectured at the University of California at Los Angeles and at Art Center, Pasadena
proprietor, Terry DeLapp Gallery, Los Angeles (1959-1992), the first gallery in the western U.S. representing 19th century American art
Chouinard Art Institute, Hollywood, California
University of California at Los Angeles
Harbor Junior College, San Pedro, California
Long Beach City College
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