Tony DeLap


Tony DeLap
Untitled SB95
Graphite and collage, 1995
12 x 16 inches
Courtesy of the artist

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A revered figure throughout the California art world, painter, sculptor, and draftsman Tony DeLap is known especially for his use of playfully illusionistic techniques combined with perfect craftsmanship. He is a skilled magician as well as an artist, and brings some of the spirit of the magic trick to his art. Never happy to be called a minimalist, he has said “I donʼt want to minimize anything. What I want to do is complicate.” The present drawing for a painting, typically subtle and intriguing in its suggestions of space, features in the book on DeLap by the renowned critic Barbara Rose, Tony DeLap: Painting, Sculpture & Works on Paper 1962-2013 (2014). The inscription “SB” refers to South Beach, Point Roberts, Washington, where he and his wife have a beach house. DeLap is based in Corona del Mar. Laguna Art Museum is planning a major ninetieth-birthday retrospective of his work for 2018.

Selected collections
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Tate, London, England

Selected exhibitions
Inside the Sixties, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2002
Tony DeLap, retrospective, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, 2000
One Hundred Years of California Sculpture, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, 1982

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