December Mostra 2016 / Meet the Artists… Maria Farrar

This Friday will see one of the highlights of our calendar, the triannual mostra, open at the British School at Rome. Our six resident artists have been hard at work over the past three months, taking inspiration from the city and all it has to offer. In the run up to the December Mostra opening, we will be posting blogs in which the artists tell us about the basis of their practice, and how being in Rome has contributed to their work.

Maria Farrar (Derek Hill Foundation Scholar)


Photo by Antonio Palmieri

Maria Farrar’s paintings combine art historical and contemporary influences, traversing multicultural styles and art-making processes. Born in the Philippines and raised in Japan, canvases display formative engagement with calligraphy, which now pushes to the surface through singularly descriptive brushwork. Farrar thinks of subjects and painterly gestures that might best evoke them, then follows the path dictated by minimum intervention. Objects or moments become the singular focus of Farrar’s drawings with oil, pulled from context and rendered just before reaching the point of abstraction.

I dipinti di Maria Farrar combinano influenze storiche e contemporanee attraversando stili multiculturali e processi artistici. Nata nelle Filippine e cresciuta in Giappone, le sue tele manifestano il coinvolgimento con la calligrafia che preme sulla superficie tramite pennellate singolari e descrittive. Farrar pensa a soggetti e a gesti pittorici che possano evocarli e segue questo perscorso intervenendo solo in minima parte. Oggetti o momenti diventano il fulcro dei dipinti ad olio e vengono estratti dal loro contesto e rappresentati con un’economia ch sfiora l’astrazione.


December Mostra will open on Friday 9 December at 18.30.

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 16.30-19.00 until Saturday 17 December.