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.
"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."
Exhibitions & Collections
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
Warren and Ian Adelson
Michael and Barbara Borghi
L. Rogers Brandon
Julian and JoAnn Ganz
San Diego Museum of Art
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
Denver Museum of Art
Maurice and Marge Katz
David and Norma McIntyre
A History of American Tonalism 1880-1920
Southwest Art Magazine, April 2003
Plein Air Painters of California, The Southland
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