Roy De Forest
Born in North Platte, Nebraska, De Forest grew up in Yakima, Washington and attended junior college there. He then attended San Francisco Art Institute and earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree at San Francisco State University.
His first show was in 1955. He taught at the University of California, Davis, from 1965 to 1992, along with fellow artists Robert Arneson, Manuel Neri, Wayne Thiebaud and William T. Wiley. On the occasion of the exhibit "You See: The Early Years of the UC Davis Art Faculty," Renny Pritikin of the Nelson Gallery said "History was made in the Central Valley in the early '60s when five great artists came together on the same faculty for over a decade and changed the nature and perception of art in California forever." A retrospective organized by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art toured in 1975. Though primarily known as a painter, he also did sculpture in a similar colorful style. Several of these assemblage pieces, in addition to a few paintings, are in the collection at diRosa.
Roy De Forest is best known for his comic-like patchwork regionalist (California) style, often depicting dogs and other figurative content in his art. His painting, Untitled (Devils/Dogs) from 1989-1990 in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art is typical of his style, and like many of his paintings, De Forest made the frame as well.
He had two children, Pascal and a daughter, Orianna. Pascal, following the tradition of his father majored in Art at San Francisco State University.
- "You See: The Early Years of The UC Davis Art Faculty".
- Smith, Roberta (May 23, 2007). Roy De Forest, 77, Painter of Colorful, Comic Scenes, Dies. New York Times
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