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February 2019 - Bob Farrell

The Rochester Public Library is pleased to present the artwork of Bob Farrell during the month of February.

Of his career Farrell writes:

"When I was young, I started doing lettering and graphics. I designed a few new fonts and I created a lot of designs. When I got older, I started painting with oils. I did abstract and surreal paintings. Dali was a big influence.

While I was going to Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY, I was the Art Assistant for Klaus Ebling, art teacher. We did murals for an Irish festival and we went to Milwaukee to compete in a snow sculpting competition. After a year and a half at JCC, I transferred to the School of Visual Arts in NYC for graphic design. It was hard to work and go to school so I had to quit after the first semester.

While in New York City, I still painted abstracts and surreals. I also learned how to mix urethanes. I bought a 35mm camera and took black and white photos. I went to Coney Island a lot and all over NYC, even to the World Trade Center. I learned how to develop film and I printed my own photos. I also started to overlap negatives for pictures. I met my wife Jenifer in NYC. We moved towards Syracuse New York and I stopped doing art. Then we moved to New Hampshire.

Early in 2013, I saw a profile picture on Facebook of my friend Mark Traeger at an art gallery. I asked him where he was and he told me he was at the Artstream gallery. I checked out their website and I sent them 10 pictures of my art. Susan Schwake replied and said she was interested in seeing some of my new art. That gave me the motivation to be creative again and it’s been nonstop.

I’m a member of the Berwick Art Association, MODspoke, Wrong Brain and Blackbird Studio & Gallery. I’ve shown at Gallery at 100 Market St., Artstream, Berwick Library, Gafney Library, Rochester Library, DOO, Buoy, 2nd Landing, East Tower Gallery, and Gallery 280."

The Rochester Public Library is located at 65 South Main Street. Call 332-1428 or visit for more information.

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