The First Real Irish Political Picture (1976)
Michael Farrell (b.1940, Kells, Co. Meath)
Pencil on Paper
H: 91, W: 99 cms
Michael Farrell studied at St Martin’s College of Art in London from 1956-60. He worked in London, Dublin and New York before moving to the artists’ colony at La Ruche, Paris in 1971. Farrell was a leading figure in the development of the ‘modern movement’ in Irish art in the mid 1960s. His work initially dealt with Celtic symbolism but changed as he became more affected by political issues in Ireland. He won the Laureate at the Paris Biennale des Jeunes in 1965 and the gold medal at the Biennale of Graphics in Florence. Farrell’s work was exhibited extensively and was shown in Sydney and Paris in 1993 and 1995.