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

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.”

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Neil Farber: "accounted for"Richard Heller Gallery
2018
Neil Farber: Elaborate PaintingsRichard Heller Gallery
2014
The Open WideEdward Thorp Gallery
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White Line, 2017

Mixed media on panel
10 × 20 in
25.4 × 50.8 cm
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Santa Monica
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Courtesy of the artist and Richard Heller Gallery. Photo by Alan Shaffer.

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.”

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Neil Farber: Elaborate Paintings
Other works from Richard Heller Gallery
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