Don Farrell – Born 1942 in Vancouver and has resided on Vancouver Island since 1999.
Don chose self education which 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.
Don 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 privilege 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.
Learning from art history and connecting to the major developments in painting is fundamental to me. I have come to appreciate the need for abstraction and how it invites the viewer to participate with the artist, and this has led me to the feeling that orchestrating composition is the most important consideration in painting.
A composition cannot succeed without genuine effort, sincerity, and above all visual poetry.
Blending intellect with intuition is absolutely fascinating, because there are no formal considerations to follow other than knowledge and experience. The requirement and the pleasure of contemplation is most satisfying when searching for connections or symbols which we all share.
My restricted palette allows me to concentrate on each composition’s overall sense of balance and design, providing a contemplative feel and consistency. The slightest mark has impact and must be well-considered.
The feeling for things, thoughts, and how we interpret has come to the forefront for me. I now ask myself, what is the prime consideration of this composition or series, and stay with it until the connection is there.
2005 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London
2004 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibitions, London
1985-95 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibitions, London
2005 Toronto International Art Fair
2004 London Art Fair
2003 Works on Paper, Park Avenue Armory, New York
2003 Art on Paper, Royal Collage of Art, London
2003 London Contemporary Art Fair
2002 Works on Paper, Park Avenue Armory, New York
2002 Art on Paper, Royal College of Art, London
2002 British Arts Fair, Commonwealth Institute, London
2002 London Contemporary Art Fair
2002 Royal College of Art, London
2001 London Contemporary Art Fair
2000 20/21 Art Fair in London
1998 Vancouver International Art Fair
Adrian Hill Gallery, 2019, Holt, Norfolk, UK
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, 2006 – 2010, Vancouver, Canada
Gallerie Art Mayence, 2006 – 20012, Mainz Germany
Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition, 2005, London UK
Gallery Jones, 2005 – 2006, Vancouver Canada
Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition, 2004, London UK
Adam Gallery, 2000 – 2007, London and Bath UK
The Gallery on Cork Street, 2000-2001, London UK
Elissa Cristall Gallery, 2000-2002, Vancouver Canada
Atlas Gallery, 1998 Chicago, United States
The Catto Gallery, 1996, Hampstead London UK
Manor House Gallery, 1995-1998, Chipping Norton UK
Sui Generis Gallery, 1995-1998, North Vancouver Canada
Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, 1992- 2000, Waterloo London UK
Linda Blackstone Gallery, 1992-1999, Pinner UK
Shell House Gallery, 1991-1999, Ledbury UK
Blackheath Gallery, 1988-1992, London UK
RI Then and Now
Contemporary British Water-Colour Artists, Don Farrell – Shandong Fine Art Publishing House, China
Design & Composition Secrets of Professional Artists – International Artist Publishing Inc, USA
Works hang in H.R.H. The Prince of Wales collection as well as private collections in the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and the United States.
Listed in “Who’s Who in Art in Britain”.