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.