Simon Farr

My work is concerned with meanings in social narrative – incongruous, ambiguous, awkward, humorous, absurd, political or mysterious, even meaningless. I love the power of the narrative image.

Sometimes I paint portraits in oils or make watercolour landscapes, but my main practice is on paper with pastels, inks, watercolour, conté crayon and charcoal. I also draw prolifically in sketchbooks – probably what I do most of.

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I studied at Fine Art at Harrow School of Art and Portsmouth Polytechnic. I was a railwayman for a number of years before becoming an arts administrator and a music manager. By the time I was forty, and for the next twenty or so years I was a full time illustrator and cartoonist, working freelance for a broad range of newspapers and magazines. Political cartoons for the Guardian, finance cartoons for the Mail, covers for the Spectator, caricatures for the Solicitors Journal and so on.

The Image Illustration Annual, The Best of British Illustration.
2019 Artist and Illustrators Magazine Artist, shortlisted artist of the year.
Exhibited at Mall Galleries and the RA summer exhibition.
2021 Suffolk Open Studios, won two prizes in the online exhibition.
Solo exhibition in Aldeburgh, titled ‘Incongruous’, with ceramicist Ann Lee.

Since then I have been exhibiting in group shows across East Anglia.

I am a member of Suffolk Open Studios and Ipswich Art Society.

Instagram: @farrtoon

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