The work of Bristol artist and illustrator Paul Farrell has been inspired by his love for nature and a passionate interest in the graphic arts. Before concentrating on a career as an artist, Paul had worked as a graphic designer in London for 25 years. Prior to that, he successfully completed an art foundation course at Bristol Polytechnic in 1985, and then went on to graduate at Middlesex Polytechnic in 1988 with a BA Honours degree in Graphic Design.
Paul’s strong graphic style and design background is evident in his work. His interest in visually communicating an object clearly and simply is his main skill. Silhouettes, colour and simple shapes are used to help identify the subject.
A knowledge of flora and fauna have always been a big part of Paul’s life and have developed into the key subject matter for his work, be it the striking silhouette of a dead tree, the prints of a mammal or the markings of a bird’s plumage.
Colour is equally important and Paul devotes much of his time sourcing colours and creating dynamic combinations. Naming each image is also key and helps evoke the beauty and character of every piece of work.
His collection of work continues to develop with private and public commissions. He is represented at major art galleries and shops throughout the British Isles including the Tate Modern. Recent highlights have included a commission with Ikea and Pedlars, exhibiting at The Affordable Art Fair in Bristol, the London Design Festival and featuring on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. This past year has seen Paul’s work featured in many publications including Wallpaper, World of Interiors and Living Etc. He has also had several successful solo shows in London and Bristol.