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Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell

Artist Work

Overture
2011
graphite, colored pencil on Mylar
7" x 22"
Swarm
2011
graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on Mylar
7" x 22"
Close to the Edge
2016
graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on Mylar
21" x 15"
Caspian
2010
graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on Mylar
10" x 7"
Falling Night
2009
graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on Mylar
11" x 8.5"
Fissure
2009
graphite, colored pencil on parchment
11" x 7"

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Phone
301-412-9105
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Landscape is the inspiration that runs through all of my work, but my interests lie primarily in the transformative possibilities of that experience afforded by process and memory. We are awash in information, but given time, the “facts” of daily life can evolve and become something simpler, more universal and, perhaps, essential. My images come out of an interest in those Eastern landscape and Zen traditions that value the ephemeral and the spaces in-between, and the way that light and space together can create a silent metaphor for the transience of our experience with the natural world. Working with mixed media on translucent Mylar allows for a process that distills this exploration of light, space and materials into impressions and moments that exist outside of fixed points of reference.

Artist Bio

Michael Farrell holds an MFA in Painting from the Washington University School of Art in St. Louis.  He is a professor of art at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, and lives and works in Bethesda, Maryland.