Rob Delamater - Paintings and Art
Rob Delamater
Rob Delamater

Rob Delamater

San Francisco, CA

"My work is created using various forms of printmaking , painting and collage. I think my most successful pieces combine simplicity and the Japanese concept of "wabi sabi" (finding beauty in imperfection)."
In the spring of 2018 I was an artist in residence at La Macina di San Cresci in Tuscany, Italy. And in 2017 I was privileged to spend two weeks making work in France at Chateau Orquevaux. Away from my typical routines, studio and supplies, I was forced to return to the basics of color, form and composition. As a result, I was reminded that one needs very little to create.

Each new piece begins with either a sketch or an idea about colors. And it always comes from a direct experience with the real world. My stone-inspired pieces began with a drawing I made of an arrangement of fallen rocks I encountered high up in the Andes of Peru - an act of nature had created a perfect composition. And that fascination has continued with my exploration of the nearby Northern California coast.

I am enamored with ideas, objects, stories, and people from the past. I've been very impacted by the Bloomsbury Group - a small circle of artists and writers in London from the early part of the 20th century. They believed in making as much as they could themselves (textiles, furniture, ceramics, fine art, etc.) and valued the gifts of friendship - especially between men and women - which was rare in those days.

I was raised in Southern California where both the coast and the desert imprinted their beauty on me at an early age. I am now fortunate to live and have my art studio in the NOPA neighborhood of San Francisco - near Golden Gate Park and a straight shot down my street to Ocean Beach. The dramatic clash of nature (water, hills, constantly changing weather) with urban forms (architecture, the angles of the streets) has a significant influence on my work.
Q&A

How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"I think this goes back to the belief in "wabi sabi". Without necessarily forcing it, I'm always hoping there will be a "happy accident" along the way that will give the piece it's defining imperfections."
-- Rob Delamater
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"So much of my work is inspired by personal experiences in nature - often the extremes of the California coasts and deserts. And I love horizon lines. The intersection of land, sea and sky is my happy place. So when collectors tell me they can feel the presence of nature in my abstract work, I feel understood."
-- Rob Delamater
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"After more than a decade as a professional artist, I still find it difficult to tell people that's what I do. There's soooo much baggage with the word "artist"."
-- Rob Delamater
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"I like to travel and paint. I've done artist residency programs in France, Italy and Spain over the past three summers, and it's really tough to travel with art materials. That's why I love little tubes of gouache paint. They are so pigmented that they really pack a visual punch. I can work loose and quick with very watered-down gouache, or keep it thick and opaque for an effect that can almost feel like oils. Gouache paints are a travelers buddy."
-- Rob Delamater
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What motivates and inspires you?

"The idea of "wabi sabi" - which for me means finding beauty in imperfection."
-- Rob Delamater
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What makes a space special?

"There is no denying the power of original artwork. The difference between framed posters and one of a kind pieces is literally palpable. So having real artwork and then a personal point of view in your design is everything. I truly believe that if you simply buy things that you authentically love then it will all work together. You don't need to worry about palettes or design prescriptions. Your personal taste will be the thread binds it all."
-- Rob Delamater
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What’s unique about your work?

"There is a dialogue between my printmaking and painting. I approach printmaking (primarily monotypes) in a very painterly way. I try and stretch the boundaries of the medium and infuse it with the lessons I have learned through my work painting in gouache (a heavily pigmented watercolor). Conversely, printmaking has infected my gouache painting, pushing me into greater ranges of color and levels of opacity and contrast."
-- Rob Delamater
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