Rhys Douglas Farrell


Photo courtesy of AUArts

taken by Ewan Nickolson

Rhys Douglas Farrell is an emerging artist living and working in Calgary, Alberta. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (major in Painting) from the Alberta College of Art + Design in the spring of 2016. Farrell is the recipient of a painting scholarship from ACAD where he was also the Representative for the Painting Department and the Director of the Student Gallery, Quoin Gallery. He was signed on with the Herringer Kiss Gallery when still a student and his first solo show was named by Canadian Art Magazine as a “Must See”.  He was then featured in a 7 page spread in Branded Magazine in the summer 2016. Farrell has completed a number of public art projects with the Telus Spark Science Center, Beltline Urban Mural Project, the City of Calgary and a number of private commissions. His work has been aggressively collected by private and corporate collections alike and he recently completed three international residencies with Pinea & Linea De Costa A.I.R program in Spain, Graniti Murales in Sicily and the TARP Program in Kuala Lumpur with Taksu Gallery. Farrell is also the recipient of the 2019 Alumni Horizon Award from AUArts.


Farrell’s paintings create optical images and illusions through the use of colour and shape. Rhys’ work pays particular attention to colour theory and how line and shape affect visual perception.

A hard-edge painter, Rhys Douglas Farrell ties elements of graffiti and street painting with the minimal op-art tradition.


2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting & Drawing) with Distinction, Alberta University of the Arts, Calgary, Canada.



2019 The Alumni Horizon Award, Alberta University of the Arts.

2015 The Arthur and Betty Torode Memorial Scholarship, Alberta University of the Arts.

2015 The Doris Brown Memorial Scholarship, Alberta University of the Arts.

2015 The Richard Halliday Memorial Scholarship, Alberta University of the Arts.

2012 Second Year Painting Scholarship, Alberta University of the Arts.


Solo Exhibitions

2018 Changing Planes, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2018 The Wind in the Awning, Espacio Pinea, Rota, Spain.

2017 Bemused, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2016 Patterns on Patterns, Art Commons, Calgary Canada.

2015 Optic, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2015 P230 1-5 P260 1-5, Marion Nicholl Gallery, Calgary, Canada.


Group Exhibitions

2019 Taksu XXX, APW Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

2019 This is Dope, Taksu Gallery, Singapore.

2019 BLACK, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2018 Sampler, Herringer Kis Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2018 +5, Espacio Pinea, Rota, Spain.

2018 Sampler 2018, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2017 Summer 17 Group Show, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2016 Summer Group Show, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2016 Gradshow, Alberta University of the Arts.

2015 OPhemeral, Plethora Artist Guild Loft 112, Calgary, Canada.

2015 Summer Group Show, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2015 Art For Food, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2014 Fridge Worthy, Alberta University of the Arts.

2012 Origin, 22nd Century Social Club, Museum of Contemporary Art, Calgary, Canada.



2019 Taksu-Residency, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2018 Graniti Murales, Graniti, Sicily.

2018 Pinea Linea de Costa, Rota, Spain.

Public Art + Art Fairs

2019 Heated Horizons, YYC Airport, Calgary, Canada.

2019 Oplandia, PARK, Edmonton, Canada.

2019 Art Expo Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2019 Diamonds in the Sky, PARK, Calgary, Canada.

2018 Learn To Love Again, Graniti Murales, Graniti, Sicily.

2018 Triangle Checkerboard, Beltline Mural Association, Calgary, Canada.

2018 Light of the Sky Mural, Rota, Spain.

2016 Mach Band + Moire Mural, Telus Science Center, Calgary, Canada.

2015 Optic Tunnel, Telus Spark Science Center, Calgary, Canada.



2019 YYC Artist Showcase, Freq Magazine, Calgary, Canada.

2017 Rhys Farrell's Trippy Op Art, Galleries West, Canada.

2017 Must See's This Week, Canadian Art Magazine, Canada.

2016 Rhys Douglas Farrell, Branded, Calgary, Canada.

2015 Must See's This Week, Canadian Art Magazine, Canada.

2015 Don't Fence Him In, Swerve Magazine, Calgary, Canada.


Professional Service

2017 Invited Artist Presentation, Toronto School Of Arts, Toronto, Canada.

2017 722 Pike Mural Shortlisted, Seattle, United States of America.

2017 Pinstripped Installation, Arts Commons, Calgary, Canada.

2016 Colour Sensations, Invited Guest Presentation, Art 231.01 2-D Fundamentals, University of Calgary, Department of Art.

2016 Artist Talk: Happenings 6, Art Commons, Calgary, Canada.

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