Roy DeForest (1930 - 2007)

Biography

Born in North Platte, Nebraska, Roy DeForest 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.
He lived in Port Costa, California late in life and died Vallejo, California.

Roy De Forest is best known for his comic-like patchwork regionalist (California) style, often depicting dogs and other figurative content in his art.

Roy DeForest, Untitled – Walking, 1987

Roy DeForest
Untitled – Walking, 1987
Lithograph on Arches
Image size: 24.5 X 31
Framed
$2500

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Roy DeForest – Untitled, Camping, 1987

Roy DeForest
Untitled – Camping, 1987, BAT
Lithograph on Arches
Image size: 22 X 30
Framed
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Roy DeForest, Cavemen and Flying Birds AP

Roy DeForest
Cavemen and Flying Birds AP
Lithograph
Image size: 31.5 X 37.5
Framed size: 39 X 45.25
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Roy DeForest, Untitled Two Figures, 1951

Roy DeForest
Untitled Two Figures, 1951
Image size: 25 X 19
Framed size: 32 X 26
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Roy DeForest Untitled, 1983

Roy DeForest
Untitled, 1983
Mixed media
23 X 30
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Roy DeForest Untitled 14/20

Roy DeForest
Untitled 14/20
Lithograph, artist frame
Image size: 22.25 X 30
Framed size: 25.25 X 33
*Roy made frame
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Roy DeForest, The Campfire, 1993, 18/50

Roy DeForest
The Campfire, 1993 18/50
Lithograph
Image size: 22.5 X 30
Framed size: 30.75 X 38.25
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Roy DeForest, Untitled Two Figures

Roy DeForest
Untitled Two Figures, 1952
Mixed media
Image size: 19 X 25
Framed size: 25.25 X 31.25
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DeForest, Roy – Untitled 57/75

Roy DeForest
Untitled 57/75, 1967
From the portfolio 10 West Coast Artists
Signed: ‘Roy DeForest’ (bottom left)
Lithograph
Image size: 22 X 30
Framed size: 30.5 X 38.5
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DeForest, Roy – Untitled 28/50

Roy DeForest
Untitled 28/50, c. 1978
Lithograph
Image size: 11.25 X 15.25
Framed size: 16.5 X 20.5
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DeForest, Roy – Untitled, 1985

Roy DeForest
Untitled, 1985
Mixed media
Image size: 25.5 X 35.5
Framed
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DeForest, Roy – Kate Van Horn

Roy DeForest
Kate Van Horn, 1970
Mixed media on paper
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DeForest, Roy – Unknown 35/100

Roy DeForest
Untitled #35/100, 1987
Signed: ‘Roy DeForest’ (bottom left)
Stone and aluminum lithograph
Image size: 22 X 30
Framed size: 29.75 X 37.75
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