Painter, draughtsman and teacher, born in Epsom, Surrey. He studied at Southend School of Art, 1961–3, Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, 1963–5, and Royal Academy Schools, 1965–8. From 1976 he taught part-time at various art schools and centres, in 1981–2 winning an Eastern Arts Association Fellowship and the Association’s Exhibition Award. Farrell took part in many group exhibitions, notably RA, Serpentine Gallery mixed shows and the Norwich School of Art Gallery’s 1986–7 touring exhibition A Reputation Among Artists. His first solo show was at Brunel University in 1972, later ones including The Minories, Colchester, 1983, and Art Space Gallery, 1992, and Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, 1998. Farrell lived at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, and was notable for his lively, figure-packed seaside scenes.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)