Adrian Hill Fine Art

Don Farrell RI

Dons’ work has been moving towards abstract consideration in contemporary art. His work contains recurring motifs of tiny markings and shapes, as well as etched characters or patterns that can hint at a narrative.

Biography

Don Farrell was born in 1942 in Vancouver residing on Vancouver Island since 1999. A self-educated painter he felt this approach freed him to determine his direction through studying the fascinating considerations in Modern Art. “Art schools are great and necessary, but in the early sixties automatic painting was in vogue and that wasn’t for me at the time.”

Don was approached by fellow artist Jean Duffey, about submitting paintings for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 1984 Exhibition in London. To his complete surprise he not only had three paintings selected, he was awarded their top prize, the “RI Medal” and also received an honorary mention.

He was elected a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour in 1984, was also elected to full membership of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1985. “I attended the 1985 RI Exhibition, where I had the pleasure of meeting Prince Charles, who wanted to purchase one of my paintings showing in the exhibition. Unfortunately, no one at the reception knew the piece had sold. The Royal Institute then asked me if I would do a similar painting for the Prince, which I happily provided.”

Don’s work has been moving towards abstract considerations, focusing on composition in contemporary art. His work contains recurring motifs of tiny markings and shapes, as well as etched characters or patterns that can hint at a narrative. It is these qualities which makes Don’s paintings all the more rewarding with each closer inspection and which give them there lasting appeal.

He has participated in a number of Art Fairs in recent years, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions in 2004 and 2005 and continues to participate in the RI Annual Exhibitions at the Mall Gallery in London.

Available Artworks