BIO

Rory Terrell (b. 1979 Spokane, WA) grew up on a ranch where his family raised hogs, cattle, and chickens with his horse.  After he graduated High School from Rosalia, WA.  Rory spent the next ten years working on the railroad, starting out as a track laborer; he climbed the ladder to Track Inspector.  The railroad brought Rory to Boise, Id and he lived there for 14 years.  Rory has studied fine art at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane Australia and Boise State University, where he graduated in 2012 with a BFA in painting and drawing.  He has been awarded two Art Department scholarships in 2010 and 2012 whilst attending BSU.  Rory moved to Oakland CA in the fall of 2013.  He joined the Firehouse Art Collective and quickly became a core member working closely with Tom Franco.  Rory became the manager of the Lottie Rose House, an art house with 16 other artists, in 2014.  He is also the Gallery Director of the Lottie Rose Gallery, where he runs monthly art shows.  Rory volunteered to help build The Flight Deck in Oakland, after which he became an Artistic Associate with Ragged Wing Ensemble.  Rory has also spent two years working with Rinna Flohr at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley as a Gallery Assistant and Art Handler.  Rory worked with Rob Rao to start up BREAD-a youth chess and art club, where he was the Art Director and lead art teacher.  He is currently working with Alex Nolan; they are starting up a non-profit called Local Artists Berkeley, were he is the Executive Director.  Rory has been displaying his artwork at exhibitions in Idaho, Washington, Ohio and California since 2011.

Rory is an Environmental Activism artist, an idea fostered while he lived in Brisbane, Australia (2008-2009).  He is working with used motor oil as a media for a new form of conceptual painting.  This concept was cultivated after he witnessed an oil spill off the coast of Queensland in 2009.  The 71,000 gallons of oil from the capsized ship washed ashore and contaminated the beaches near to where he was living.  Shortly after he returned to the United States, the Deep Water Horizon incident occurred and further fueled the desire to express his disquiet to the miss handling of the drilling process for hydrocarbon.   Rory is archiving our current paradigm of oil consumption with his beautiful displays of contained pollution.

Exhibitions

2018 Grand Opening, Adeline’s Lab, Berkeley CA
2017 50 Quarts of Oil, art installation, Lottie Rose Gallery, Oakland CA
2016 Oil and Earth a solo show by Rory Terrell, Lottie Rose Gallery, Oakland CA                                                                             2016 Bourbon, Steel, & Silver Dollars, Cleveland, OH
2016 Oil and Earth a solo show by Rory Terrell, Lottie Rose Gallery, Oakland CA
2016 SPILL, The Flight Deck, Oakland CA
2016 Masq-or-Drag Art Show, Lottie Rose Gallery, Firehouse Art Co. Oakland CA
2015 Bro-mance, Indie Micro Mall, Firehouse Art Co. Berkeley CA
2015 Ingenuity Festival, Cleveland OH
2015 The Cat Party, Lottie Rose Gallery, Firehouse Art Co. Oakland CA
2015 Shattered, Lottie Rose Gallery, Firehouse Art Co. Oakland CA
2015 Homing: A Gallery Show, The Flight Deck, Oakland CA
2015 Tom Franco’s Birthday Art Show, Adeline Gallery, Firehouse Art Co. Berkeley CA
2015 The Many Forms of Art, The Arts Passage Way, Center St. Berkeley CA
2015 Body Talks, Lottie Rose Gallery, Firehouse Art Co. Oakland CA
2015 Tom Franco Co-Lab, Sesnon Gallery, Porter College UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA
2015 Hop Skip and Jump, Expressions Gallery, Berkeley CA
2015 Choosing Here; Performance Art Museum, The Flight Deck, Oakland CA
2014 Not Just Gifts, Lottie Rose Gallery, Firehouse Art Co. Oakland CA
2014 Eco-Environmental Awareness, Berkeley City Building, Expressions Gallery, Berkeley CA
2014 Lets Hear It For The Cats, Lottie Rose Gallery, Firehouse Art Co. Oakland CA
2014 Changes, Expressions Gallery, Berkeley CA
2014 Feast Your Eyes, Lottie Rose Gallery, Firehouse Art Co, Oakland CA
2014 Open House, Lottie Rose Gallery, Firehouse Art Co, Oakland CA
2014 Summertime Fun Recycling, Expressions Gallery, Berkeley CA
2014 Hootenany and Benefit for Thompson-Dickson, Sandpoint ID
2014-15 Civic Center Art Exhibition, Martin Luther King Civic Center Building, Berkeley CA
2014 Oil and Earth, The Float Center Art Gallery, Oakland CA
2013 The Creative World of Book Arts, The Schack Art Center, Everett WA
2012 Perspective, The Zone Gallery, juried by Kimberly Owens and Miles Schlagel, Boise State University, Boise ID
2012 Drawing and Painting Guild Holiday Sale, Flying M Coffee House, Boise ID
2012 White Whale: BFA Exhibition, Visual Art Center, Boise State University, Boise ID
2012 Environmental Expressionism, The Crux, Boise ID
2012 The Twilight Zone Art Exhibition, The Zone Gallery, Boise State University, Boise ID
2011 Washington and Idaho Student Photography Contest, Brick Wall Gallery, Spokane WA

Public Art
2015 Firehouse Art Co. at Hillsdale High; mural, Hillsdale High School, San Mateo CA
2015 Tom Franco Co-Lab; mural, Porter College, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA
2014 Welcome To The Lorin Dist; mural, Firehouse Art Co. 3140 MLK Way Berkeley CA

Awards
2012 Jurors’ Award: Most Creative, Perspective, Boise State University, Boise ID
2012 Art Department Scholarship, Boise State University, Boise ID
2010 Art Department Scholarship, Boise State University, Boise ID

Press/Publication
2014 International Contemporary Artist, Art Book Volume IX Athens Greece
2014 Ethan Kaplan, BAY AREA ARTIST RORY TERRELL ON EARTH, OIL, AND INFUSED,
Appoet.org, Chicago IL, 05/12/2014

Education
2012 BFA in Painting and Drawing, Boise State University, Boise ID

Related Education
2009 Study Abroad, Fine Art at Queensland College of Art, Brisbane Qld
2008 Study Abroad, Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Qld