Rhys Farrell

Rhys Douglas Farrell (Canada) 11/2018

He titled this piece “Learn to Love Again”. 
It is acrylic on wall

“In November 2018 I was granted the opportunity to visit this beautiful tiny Sicilian city called Graniti. It was truly amazing. This city sits in the mountains off the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Located very close to Mount Etna. The city only has 1500 or so people and is very old fashioned. I spent a month by myself in this city and it definitely impacted me and my practice. Thank you too all the people who made it happen. In the second photo is my mural Learn To Love Again which i donated to the people of Graniti. Thank you for everything.”

Rhys Douglas Farrell, an up-and-coming artist, resides and practices his craft in Calgary, Alberta. In 2016, he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in painting, from the esteemed Alberta College of Art & Design. During his time at ACAD, Farrell’s exceptional talent earned him a painting scholarship. Not only was he appointed as the Representative for the Painting Department, but he also served as the Director of the Student Gallery, Quoin Gallery.

Farrell’s artistic journey took a significant turn when he signed with the renowned Herringer Kiss Gallery while still a student. His inaugural solo exhibition received accolades from Canadian Art Magazine, which labeled it a “Must See.” His exceptional artwork was further showcased in a seven-page feature in Branded Magazine during the summer of 2016.

Throughout his career, Farrell has undertaken various public art projects, collaborating with esteemed institutions such as the Telus Spark Science Center, Beltline Urban Mural Project, and the City of Calgary. In addition, he has undertaken several private commissions, gaining recognition for his exceptional talent. His artwork has been avidly collected by both private collectors and corporations.

Farrell’s artistic endeavors have taken him across the globe, participating in three international residencies. He embarked on transformative artistic experiences with the Pinea & Linea De Costa A.I.R program in Spain, Graniti Murales in Sicily, and the TARP Program in Kuala Lumpur in collaboration with Taksu Gallery. These experiences broadened his artistic horizons and added depth to his creative expression.

In recognition of his remarkable achievements, Farrell was honored with the prestigious 2019 Alumni Horizon Award from AUArts, celebrating his significant contributions to the art community.

Farrell’s paintings are a masterful exploration of optical images and illusions, skillfully employing color and shape to captivate viewers. His meticulous attention to color theory and the interplay between lines and shapes creates a visual experience that challenges perception.

Education: 2015: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting & Drawing) with Distinction, Alberta University of the Arts, Calgary, Canada.