Terry DeLapp (1934-2020)
Terry Delapp was born in Pasadena, California, in 1934. While growing up in Pasadena, he attended Southwestern Military Academy in San Marino. During his teenage years, the DeLapp family moved to the artistic seaside community of Cambria, California. DeLapp attended high school in Cambria and then later at San Pedro High School in Southern California, where he graduated. After graduating high school, DeLapp attended Long Beach City College before enrolling in the liberal arts program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After attending UCLA, he studied at the Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts) in Los Angeles.
During the 1950s, art instruction at most American art institutions favored Abstract Expressionism over the more traditional styles such as Realism or Impressionism. It was the American masters that influenced DeLapp the most. In 1959 DeLapp became an art dealer as well as an artist. Owning and operating the Terry DeLapp Gallery in Los Angeles for over 30 years, he specialized and became an expert in 19th and 20th-century masters of the Hudson River School.
Over time DeLapp created his own personal and unique style that emphasizes his commitment to the environment and the beauty of landscape painting. Terry DeLapp describes his artwork as Neo-Tonalist, “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”. In addition to DeLapp’s landscape paintings, he also paints still lifes of flowers and seascapes.
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA
Bakerfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2010 Cleveland, David Adams. A History of American Tonalism 1880-1920
2005 AskART.com Inc. – Dunbier, Lonnie (Editor). The Artists Bluebook 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005
2004 Pyle, Amy. Terry DeLapp California Reveries (Exhibition catalog)
2004 Pyle, Amy. Art for the New Collector, Re-Emerging American Artists, Spanierman Gallery
2004 Osterman, Jule. Southwest Art (April, September) – Art Events – Coast to Coast
2003 Editors, Southwest Art. Southwest Art Magazine (April). Best of the West – California
2003 Wilkinson, Todd. Southwest Art (April) – Remembering Places.
1984 Orr-Cahill, Christina. The Art of California – Selected Works, Oakland Museum
1982 Westphal, Ruth. Plein Air Painters of California, The Southland
1981 Hopkins, Henry; Mimi Jacobs. Fifty West Coast Artists; A Critical Selection of Painters and Sculptors Working in California
Wendy Hoff Fine Art, New York, NY
Perspective Fine Arts, New York, NY
Zaplin Lampert Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY
George Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
Borghi Fine Art, Englewood, NJ
Mitchell Brown Fine Art, Phoenix, AZ
Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Charleston Renaissance Gallery, Charleston, SC
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