Whilst browsing the internet a short while ago and I was surprised to see my work being singled out for praise in a review by the ‘MAKING A MARK’ website. The review featured my painting of the Tate and Lyle Sugar Refinery shown at the NEAC Annual Exhibition 2019. 

As far as I know there has never been a review of my work before so I contacted the blogger with my thanks. In response ‘MAKING A MARK’ did a post on my work alone. ‘My cup runneth over!’

You can read the full post on this link here. Alternatively, below is a small section of it.

Its a very odd thing, I spend all my time looking at creatives online and making notes, I never expect them to notice me. Its like seeing a painting wink at you.


About Liam O’Farrell and his amazing paintings

One of the very nice things that happens from time to time is that artists that I feature on my blog sometimes write to me to tell me what has happened to them and their artwork.

One such is Liam O’Farrell who wrote to me today.

I’ve seen his paintings in a number of recent exhibitions and very much like his combination of really excellent painting of architecture and people. His paintings manage to be both accurate and yet somewhat stylised. It’s a very neat combination – recording contemporary life.

Last summer I featured his painting of the Tate and Lyle Sugar Refinery which was selected for the NEAC Annual Exhibition 2019. I had it in my section about The Best of the Open Entry and other art I liked.

Artwork I liked included paintings which did not look like the paintings of members or provided a new spin on old topics. I periodically lament that not enough people record buildings, events and the contemporary environment – as very many painters did in the past.

Painting of Tate and Lyle sugar factory London

The Tate & Lyle Sugar Refinery, London by Liam O’Farrell

One artist who is very much about recording the present or the recent past is Liam O’Farrell – who paints in oil and watercolour but is fundamentally all about the drawing. I love his tiny people and the fact he can recreate past urban landscapes.


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