UCD colleagues mourn loss of 'magical person' whose work was full of surprises.
By Kim Minugh - Bee Staff Writer
Artist-professor Roy DeForest dies at 77
Friends and family of Roy DeForest struggled Monday to find the right words to describe the beloved artist, a man so wondrous and complex that simple words could not sum up his being.
Whimsical. Delightful. Charming, yet penetrating, intense and full of meaning.
DeForest joined the UC Davis art faculty as a lecturer in 1965, becoming a full professor in 1974 and retiring in 1992. During his early tenure, he became part of a core faculty that included Robert Arneson, Manuel Neri, Wayne Thiebaud and William Wiley. The heavyweights developed a national reputation for both the school and their own art.
"He wasn't self-conscious," said Gloria DeForest. "He didn't care about prestige. He just cared about making art."
"It was also very raw and emotive and imaginative," she said. "There's always kind of an emotional edge to it that gives it a meatier quality."