Actual art size is 22" x 30" in Conservation materials frame. Roy De Forest (11 February 1930 – 18 May 2007) was an American painter, sculpture, and teacher. He was involved in both the Funk art and Nut art movements in the Bay Area of California. De Forest's art is known for its quirky and comical fantasy lands filled with bright colors and creatures, most commonly dogs. During the 1960s, UC Davis became a hub for the Funk art movement, with many of the artists associated with this movement either teaching at Davis, or having studied there. De Forest, along with Arneson, Wiley, and David Gilhooly often exhibited together under this heading, including semi-regular shows at the Candy Store Gallery in nearby Folsom, California. Another important figure in the Funk art movement was Clayton Bailey, who was De Forest's neighbor, friend, and collaborator.
De Forest, along with Bailey, was also a key figure in the development of Nut art, a new artistic genre that paralleled Funk art, and which flourished primarily in the late 1960s and early 1970s in northern California. The term Nut art was coined by De Forest (in conversation with poet and critic David Zack) to describe an approach to art making that embraced humor and personalized fantasy worlds.
Select Public Collections:
Oakland Museum of California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
di Rosa, Napa
The Crocker Art Museum of Sacramento
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
The Hirshhorn Museum of Washington, D.C.
The Rhode Island School of Design
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
MOCA Los Angeles
Cantor Arts Center (Stanford University)
Palm Springs Art Museum
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
The Richard L. Nelson Gallery & Fine Arts Collection, Davis, CA
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.
Signature: signed lower left
Publisher: Tamarind Lithography
Many galleries, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, NYC, etc.
From first owner