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BIO

Rory Terrell (b. 1979) is an outdoorsman-river-rat of Idaho, living and working in Oakland, California.  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 and has been displaying his work at exhibitions in Idaho, Washington and California.  Rory is a core member of the Firehouse Art Collective, Gallery Director for the Lottie Rose Gallery, Artistic Associate for Raged Wing Ensemble, and the Art Director for BREAD – a youth chess and art club.  Rory is best known for creating a new form of oil painting, by incorporating used motor oil and dirt as a form of medium.  He makes landscape sand paintings with different types of earth inside of an acrylic glass container, and then fills them up with used motor oil, creating a 2D slice of pollution.  His work is Environmental Activism Art; it brings attention to the hundreds of oil spills that have been happening to our world for the past 105 years.  Rory feels the 56.7 million barrels of oil that have spilled into our environment should not go unnoticed, and the oil conglomerates need to be held accountable and take better care of the earth that they are perforating.

 

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Exhibitions
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