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© the artist / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Towner

Louis XIV Rigaud

Stephen Farthing (b.1950)


Painter, printmaker and teacher, born in London. He attended St Martin’s School of Art, 1968–73; Royal College of Art, 1973–6; was an Abbey Major Scholar at British School, Rome, 1976–7; lectured in painting at Canterbury College of Art, 1977–9; taught painting at the Royal College, 1980–5; was head of department of fine art, West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham, 1985–89; was artist-in-residence at the Hayward Gallery, 1989; then in 1990 was elected Ruskin Master at Ruskin School of Fine Art & Drawing and professorial fellow of St Edmund’s Hall, Oxford. Farthing’s early work showed some reference to Pop Art, drawing on diverse images. He was a figurative painter who responded in different ways to the environment in which he was placed, his work sometimes having a sinister edge.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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