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Terry Delapp

Born in Pasadena in 1934, Terry Delapp studied at the Chouinard Art Institute and at UCLA. DeLapp currently lives and works in Cambria, California. He has been exhibiting his paintings since the early 1980's throughout the United States, most recently (2008-2010) in Scottsdale, Arizona, Charlotte, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina.

His paintings can be found at the San Diego Museum of Art, Denver Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and in many private collections, including those of Steve Martin, Warren Adelson, Nancy Meyers, Brian Grazer, Martin Short, and Andy Williams.

Artist Statement

"Originally, my art was meant as a political motivator. I was interested in expressing my views, especially those on the environment and utilized my art as a means of doing so. I was unconcerned with the 'art' in my art, but rather concentrated on relaying an 'other meaning' that would register with the viewer as a statement of my concerns." 

"By the early 1990's, though, and politics aside, I re-thought my commitment to what had become my main concern: the environment, most specifically the area where I lived, the Central Coast of California. I realized how enchanted I was with the beauty of this place, the exquisite patterns and colors formed by nature and man as they vied for space in the agricultural lands between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. 

"I did away with the subliminal messages and devices of my earlier work and concentrated on work that could, to some degree, match the loveliness of my 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. "

"Although I am primarily a landscape painter, my work is not Plein-Air, my finished paintings are easel work, stylistically Neo-Tonalist. I work within a confine of classic composition and limited palette using the medium (acrylic), in the manner of oil paint; glazing, scumbling, building textures all in a traditional way, hopefully expanding those disciplines to further artistic growth. My work is easily accessible, perhaps even simplistic. It gives beauty a chance."

-Terry DeLapp

Exhibitions & Collections

Exhibitions (selected)

​San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

Bakersfield Museum of Art

Wendy Hoff Fine Art, New York

Perspective Fine Arts, New York

Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Zaplin / Lampert Gallery, Santa Fe

Spanierman Gallery, New York

George Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles

Sullivan-Goss, Santa Barbara

Borghi Fine Art, New Jersey

Mitchell Brown Fine Art, Phoenix

Shain Gallery, Charlotte

Charleston Renaissance Gallery

Collections (selected)

Warren and Ian Adelson

Michael and Barbara Borghi

L. Rogers Brandon

Louise Fletcher

Debra Force

Julian and JoAnn Ganz

San Diego Museum of Art

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

Denver Museum of Art

Brian Grazer

Maurice and Marge Katz

Steve Martin

David and Norma McIntyre

Nancy Meyers

Martin Mull

Don Rymal

Martin Short

Andy Williams

Robert Zmeckis


A History of American Tonalism 1880-1920

Southwest Art Magazine, April 2003

Plein Air Painters of California, The Southland










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