DJ Lafon

Artist Statement The longer I work on art the more I am convinced that Artists shouldn’t talk about their work. I work in a non-verbal form of communication, although I will occasionally write something on a drawing or painting. In written statements, one often applies academic justifications for what the artist has done. These statements are usually nonsense. Art needs to provoke an emotional response totally on the visual content of the work. Whatever is said about the work will not matter a hundred years from now. I have failed if I can’t make you look and feel something by visual means alone. About The Artist D.J. Lafon was born in Ogden, Utah on April 23, 1929 and took an early interest in art. He received his B.F.A. (1960) and M.F.A. (1962) in painting and drawing from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He worked as an illustrator and taught painting and drawing before assuming the chairmanship of the Art Department at East Central University in Ada in 1964. Following his retirement from that position in 1984, he established a studio in Norman and devoted himself to his artwork. He has served as the Visual Arts Director for the Oklahoma Arts Institute and a Guest Artist at Wichita State University in 1990. Lafon has been the recipient of many honors and awards and in 1992 was recognized by the Governor of Oklahoma. He has presented his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions and his work has been acquired by many museums, galleries and public collections including the State Art Collections of Oklahoma and Utah, the University of North Carolina Art Museum, Springfield Art Museum, Oklahoma City Art Museum, Philbrook, Southwestern Bell Telephone, Conoco and Koch Industries. He has also completed various public commissions for Warner Brothers, the University of Oklahoma School of Dentistry, and the Ada Public Library, among others.