Biography

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 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. Her signature style is 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. She is also developing as a portrait painter and is inspired by Lucien Freud, Fergus Ryan and Alice Neel to name a few. Because of her life long interest in people, she particularly enjoys figure and portrait work, liking to weave a story into her images. For example, the dual portrait of Marilyn Monroe reflects the pressures of being a Hollywood icon.

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 and currently has her work on display in a Brighton Gallery (Clarkes of Sussex in Bond Street).

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 where she is focussing on the voice of working class women in art.