Neil Farber, ‘Lines’, 2017, Richard Heller Gallery

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Richard Heller Gallery. Photo by Alan Shaffer.

Richard Heller Gallery, "Elaborate Paintings," 2018

About Neil Farber

A founding member, along with Marcel Dzama and Michael Dumontier, of the Royal Art Lodge group, Neil Farber’s solo practice is characterized by a fusion of fantasy, whimsy, and existential pondering. Farber employs a childlike aesthetic in his brightly colored figurative drawings that teem with a diverse, idiosyncratic cast of characters. While his style recalls children’s book illustrations and naive drawings, Farber’s content explores a deep range of emotions and social dynamics through allusions to depression, conflict, and persecution. “There is a darkness that is a large part of our style,” Farber has said of the group’s work. “Taboos are always going to be interesting. Our style has its range and there is room for explicitness in violence, but not at the expense of our classy, highbrow image.”

Canadian, b. 1975, Winnipeg, Canada, based in Winnipeg, Canada

Solo Shows

2014
Edward Thorp Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
The Open Wide
2011
Edward Thorp Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Slugging

Group Shows

2017
Edward Thorp Gallery, 
New York,
2016
Edward Thorp Gallery, 
New York,
2012
Edward Thorp Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Long and The Short of it
2011
Edward Thorp Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
A Review
2009
Edward Thorp Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Fervor