Tony DeLap


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Tony DeLap
Doctor Occult
Linen, acrylic paint, and aluminum, 2014
22 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Charlotte Jackson Gallery
Value: $19,000
Live Auction

Executive Director’s Pick
“Like Peter Alexander, Tony DeLap is an artist whose longtime friendship the museum greatly cherishes. Recently we were proud to co-produce Dale Schierholt’s excellent documentary about his life and work. In paintings likeDoctor Occult, Tony plays games with our perception of images, having a magician’s fun with our willingness to be tricked into seeing something flat as three-dimensional. The brown triangle, for instance, appears as a mere shape at the top but lower down transforms itself into an object in space.” - Malcolm Warner, Executive Director

About the artist
Tony DeLap is a pioneer of West Coast minimalism and Op Art, and a revered figure throughout the Californian art world . In both his paintings and his sculpture he uses playfully illusionistic techniques combined with an immaculate craftsmanship. DeLap lives and works in Corona del Mar.

About the work
Doctor Occult, a supernatural detective created by DC Comics, is just the kind of character (and name) to appeal to DeLap’s sense of humor and love of magic. The unusual shape of the piece, the hard-edge, minimalist style, and the witty interplay between flatness and space are typical of his work. “I don’t want to minimize anything,” he once said. “What I want to do is complicate.”

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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