American, b. 1927 Oakland, CA
Lives and works in Orange County, CA
DeLap and John Coplans were founding faculty members in the 1965 opening of the University of California at Irvine, where Tony taught in the Art Department until 1991. DeLap served as the project consultant for “Best Kept Secret, UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971” for the Getty Foundation's “Pacific Standard Time: Art In LA 1945-1980,” held at the Laguna Art Museum.
As a pioneer artist of Abstractionism, Minimalism and Op Art on the West Coast, Tony participated in both the 1965 Responsive Eye at MOMA and the 1966 Primary Structures exhibition at the Jewish Museum. He has had retrospectives at the Oceanside Museum of Art in 2013, the Orange County Museum of Art in 2000, and the San Jose Museum of art in 2001.
Major museum collections include the New York Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim museum, the Tate Gallery in London, the LA County Museum of Art, Albright-Knox Art Galley in Buffalo, New York, and the Le Musee cantonal des beaux-arts in Lausanne, Switzerland