Eye-catching works with contents and pictorial techniques

Maria Farrar “Too late to turn back now” OTA FINE ARTS

Installation view of “Too late to turn back now” (2019) by Maria Farrar
at OTA FINE ARTS
Courtesy of the artist and OTA FINE ARTS

Young emerging artist Maria Farrar holds her first solo exhibition in Asia “Too late to turn back now” at Ota Fine Arts. Farrar is London based artist who was born in the Philippines in 1988 and brought up in Shimonoseki, Japan until her age of fifteen.

Farrar’s works are based scenes derived from her daily life memories, experiences and emotions. It could be seen as an ordinary theme, however her unique way of touching colors and motifs are catching our eyes.

A back of woman, a dog, high-heeled shoes and the scenery of bread shop are often featured on her works. Since these motifs are come up repetitively, audience are prone to try interpreting her work. They might guess her motifs have got strong message, such as social issues. Whether the artist intended it or not, her work gives a range of possibilities. Although her work is more like focusing on the way of expressing the captured moments.

Maria Farrar, Writer, 2019, oil on linen, 180 x 130 cm Courtesy of the artist, mother’s tankstation Dublin | London and Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore / Shanghai

The charm of Farrar’s work is to stimulate our curiosity by depicting scenery as a storytelling piece in each of her works. However, if you look her pictorial techniques, there are also attractive elements as much as the contents and the theme. At the bottom of the “Writer”, outline is strikingly evident. Farrar depicts the shoes with outline like a drawing method that often appears in Asia from traditional Asian painting to Manga, animation. Moreover, her brush stroke used for depicting the floor and the puppy seems to be a lot like calligraphy.

Her work, eventually makes us think twice with contents and techniques and stay longer at front of the work. As stated above, her work may bring a thought like “Isn’t she trying to talk about some gender issues?” at a glance but more than that as the work is derived from Farrar’s preference for symbols, scenery, and memories so it takes an appreciation time to fully understand her work. Along with this, her painting techniques which seem to be a fusion of Eastern and Western painting makes the audience stay in front of her work for a long time as well.

Installation view of “Too late to turn back now” (2019) by Maria Farrar
at OTA FINE ARTS
Courtesy of the artist and OTA FINE ARTS
Installation view of “Too late to turn back now” (2019) by Maria Farrar
at OTA FINE ARTS
Courtesy of the artist and OTA FINE ARTS

She also features a variety tones of vivid colors, and it’s easy to get a prejudice that the gathered works will definitely not so match due to clash of colors. However, as Farrar is a professional painter, she breaks the prejudice. Even though she uses various and vivid colors, the impression you get as soon as you get into the gallery will may different to the thought. If you want to feel this directly you can visit Ota Fine Arts from 24th August to 21st September. Besides, the exhibition features her latest works.

Maria Farrar “Too late to turn back now” OTA FINE ARTS O

  • DATES : August 24 (Sat) – September 21 (Sun), 2019
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and public holidays.
  • Admission free.

Article written by Jeongeun Jo
Jeongeun Jo is from Korea now living in Japan. She is one of the member of TRiCERA who graduated from Graduate School of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA/ Geidai). She is also working as an artist herself. 

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