Artists in the Collection

Micheal Farrell

Born 1940, Kells, Ireland
Died 2000, Cardet , France

Micheal Farrell was born in Kells, Co. Meath, in 1940. He studied for a National Diploma in Drawing and Painting at St. Martin’s School of Art, London, from 1956 to 1960 and also studied at Colchester College of Art. Following time spent working in New York and London, Farrell moved to France in 1971. Micheal Farrell’s early work is characterised by a hard-edge abstractionism that combines geometric and organic forms, often in bright, neon colours. The civil unrest that marked the beginning of The Troubles in Northern Ireland in 1969 led Farrell’s work away from abstract formalism, and later figurative works that showcase his skills as a draughtsman are predominately concerned with issues surrounding Irish identity, politics, culture and history.

Micheal Farrell won many awards throughout his career, including the JP Carroll Prize at the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1964, 1967, 1969 and 1974, the Laureat at the Biennale des Jeunes, Paris in 1967 and the Douglas Hyde Gold Medal in 1976. He was a member of Aosdána and exhibited throughout Europe, with solo exhibitions at Origrafica, Malmo; Galerie Vannoni, Lyon; CTT, Brussels; the Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney; and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. His work is held in private collections in Ireland, Europe, Africa, Australia, America, and in the public collections of the Arts Council of Ireland, Bank of Ireland, AIB, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, IMMA, the Office of Public Works and the Ulster Museum, Belfast. Micheal Farrell died in Cardet, France in 2000.