Roger Dellar's enjoyment of painting is the process rather than the end result. It is about finding the subject and letting it emerge. He enjoys the surface created, the brushwork and the differences between lean & fat paint. He wants the painting to read from a distance as reality, but close up to be a series of marks. With composition, he likes this to emerge by looking for the spatial qualities of one shape creating an imbalance, and then being resolved by another. He likes to work with a limited palette adding a few brights for emphasis.
Roger works both from life and in the studio, and uses one of the following: oil, pastel, watercolour or gouache. He uses a sketchbook for gaining the information if he is out and wishing to travel light. This can be my first means of understanding the subject. A large proportion of his work is created by painting a series of small oils on location and developing them later into larger, more considered pieces. Then in the studio, when working for an exhibition, Roger will work on several pieces in order not to become too precious, and thereby more critical. In the studio he often uses sketches and photography to gain his first idea, and not to copy but to interpret.
1949 Born on 29 May in St. Albans, Hertfordshire
1996 Elected a Member of the Wapping Group of Artists
1996-98 Artist in Residence at Petworth House, NT
1997 Elected a Member of the Chelsea Art Society
1997 Artist in Residence at Petersfield Music Festival
2000 Elected a Member of Langham Sketching Club
2001 Elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
2002 Elected a Council Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
2003 Elected a Member of the Pastel Society
2005 Artist in Residence at the Guildford International Music Festival and Festival of the Sea, Portsmouth
2006 Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2007 Artist in Residence at the Hollycombe Steam Fair and the Guildford International Music Festival
2008 Elected a Council Member of the Pastel Society
2008 Elected a full Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2009 Elected a Council member ROI
2011 Elected Vice President of the Pastel Society.
Wapping Group of Artists
Chelsea Art Society
2011 Elected Honary President of Haslenere Art Society.
2000 Abbott and Holder Award, Royal Watercolour Society
2000 Annie Longley Award, Pastel Society
2002 Stanley Grimm Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2003 Unison Pastel Award, Pastel Society
2003 Llewellyn Alexander Award, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
2004 & 2006 Daler-Rowney Award of Excellence, Pastel Society
1999 & 2005 Art Event Evening - Non-Member Prize, Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2009 Cornelissen Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2010 Ranelagh Press Award, Pastel Society
2010 The Bath Prize Best Oil Painting.
2010 Le Clere Fowle Medal, Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2011 Unison Pastel Award, Pastel Society
2011 Anthony J Lester Art Critics, Pastel Society
2011 The Arts Club Award, Pastel Society
2011 Honary mention Prize Plein Air, Easton USA
2012 First Prize Chelsea Framers Plein Air Competition.
2013 Caran Dache Main Sponsors Award.
2008 John Noott Gallery
2007/08 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2007 Guildford International Music Festival
2005-07 Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, Delaware, USA
2004-06 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Watercolour Innovations, by Jackie Simmonds, Collins
The Wapping Group of Artists: the First Fifty Years
The Wapping Group of Artists: Sixty Years of Painting by the Thames, Seafarer Books
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