Polly Farrell studied art at college but remained an amateur artist while she pursued a career in management. From Crawley in Sussex, Polly always wanted to live by the sea and she eventually became a professional artist, and moved to Saltdean, just outside Brighton, selling paintings, prints, cards and hand-painted glass/ceramic ware. She opened a studio and gallery at her home in 2019, where she has a clear view of the sea when she is creating.
Polly is a developing portrait painter and is inspired by Lucien Freud, Andrea Castro and Caroline Walker to name a few. Because of her life long interest in people, she particularly enjoys figure and portrait work, and tries to tell stories in her paintings.
Polly has always loved art deco and art nouveau genres and she has also been fascinated by stained glass and the beauty of light shining through it since she was a child. She creates colourful art deco inspired work, often with faux stained-glass backgrounds. She has a broad range of inspiration including the colourists and artists such Tamara De Lempicka.
Polly has produced the artwork for CD inlays and in 2021 won a commission with the University of Sussex for the EXS Journal 10th anniversary exhibition. Polly has taken part in a number of exhibitions including the ONCA Gallery, Brighton, Fishing Quarter Gallery, Brighton and The Grange Gallery, Rottingdean.
At her studio, Polly teaches beginner classes in drawing, glass painting & ceramic painting, utilising her 30 years of experience in training. She also runs a local art club to give people the opportunity to be creative and social in a fun environment. Polly is working hard to continue expanding and creating and she is undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at Brighton University .