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Neil Farber


Taking a simple but expressive line drawing style that is reminiscent of children's book illustrations, Neil Farber's work blurs the boundary betwen childhood fear and grown-up fantasy. Farber has created a world populated by an odd cast of characters that includes waif-like children, cats, dogs, and ghosts, combining innocence with a complicated and often foreboding sense of the absurd. Indeed, it is out of these contradictions that the work's dark humor is born. Farber's drawings remind us that among the range of emotions, humor is arguably the most complicated – and perhaps the most human.

Image courtesy of: Richard Klein



Born
Born in 1975
Lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada


Education
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, B.F.A (first class honors)


Exhibitions
SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Little Girls/Globe heads, Centennial Concert hall, Winnipeg, Canada

2014
The Open Wide, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

2011
Galerie KEZA, Art Paris, Paris, France
Slugging, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
Ursa Major, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK
Dear Prolo (w/Michael Dumontier), Project Lodge, Madison, Wisconsin

2010
Georgia St. Receiving Hospital, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Drawings (w/Michael Dumontier), Salon Du Dessin Contemporain, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
Homemade Marriage Certificate (w/Michael Dumontier), Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Metaphysical Bullet (w/Michael Dumontier), Galerie Guy Bartsche, Geneva, Switzerland

2009
Table Cream, Pippy Houldsworth, London, UK
Canniballistic, Mogadishni AAR, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008
It is With a Heavy Heart, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Formal Declaration of Hummingbirds, Sies + Höke Gallery, Dusseldorf

2007
Please Give Blood, Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padova, Italy
Blubbering, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY

2006
Pink Eyes, Mogadishni, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ruby Throats, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK

2005
Brain, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2004
Waah, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Jeffyr, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
When I Was Ah, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2003
L.A. International Invitational, Richard Heller, Santa Monica, CA
Daily Apocalypse (w/Marcel Dzama), Perugi Artecontemporanea, Italy
Scope Art Fair, Townhouse Hotel, Miami, FL

2002
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Clementine Gallery project room, New York, NY

2001
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
Perugi artecontemporanea Gallery, Padova, Italy

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber: Background Love, Galerie Division, Toronto, Canada
Beheaded, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2016
Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection ― From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer ― Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Regrouping, Edward Thorp Gallery< New York, NY
Frequent Long Walks, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK
Kiefer ― Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

2013
Tresors de collections Modeste, MIAM, Sete, France
Season Review, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
The Painting Project, Galerie de L’UQAM, Montreal
Summer Reading, The Hole, New York, NY

2012
My Winnipeg, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Long and The Short of it, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
Blaque Lyte, Ada Gallery, Richmond, VA

2011
A Review, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
Family Shirt, Krets gallery, Malmo, Sweden
My Winnipeg, Maison Rouge, Paris, France
My Winnipeg, MIAM, Sete, France

2010
The Road Less Travelled..., V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
But Why?, Beaver Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
FAX, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Manitoba
House in my Head, Brandts Museum, Denmark

2009
Fervor, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
Put it on Paper, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
FIAC, Aliceday, Paris, France
Myth of Childhood, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Fabula Graphica 1, Grandes Galeries Aitre – Saint-Maclou, Rouen, France
NEXT Art Fair, Pippy Houldsworth, Chicago, IL
Art Brussels 27, Aliceday, Brussels, Belgium

2008
Liverpool Biennial, Royal Art Lodge commission, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
CAB, Burgos

2007
Mad Love – Young Art from Danish Private Collections, Arken Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark

2006
Works on Paper, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
Darkness Ascends, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, CA
Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY
Drawing Restraint, Gallerie Saw Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Peer Pleasure 1: Royal Art Lodge/Space 1026/Instant Coffee, Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, CA

2005
Looking at Words: The Formal Use of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery,
New York, NY
Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, FL
Frisbee Art Fair, Miami, FL
Artissima Art Fair, Torino, Italy
Art Brussels 2005, Aliceday, Brussels, Belgium
Bologna Art Fair, Bologna, Italy
The Royal Art Lodge: Pensieri Dei Serpenti, Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padua, Italy
The Royal Art Lodge: The Venetian Works, Caffe Florian, Venice, Italy
The Royal Art Lodge: Serpentine Musings, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Two D, Green On Red, Dublin, Ireland

2004
The Royal Family, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
So Sweet, Leisure Club Mogidishni, Copenhagen, Denmark
Chaim Soutine, Happy Sailor, London, UK
Rendez-Vous 2004, Musee Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon, France
Future Quake, FIAC 2004, Paris, France
New Entries, Artissima, Turin, Italy
Happy Go Lucky, Foundation VHDG, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Paperwork, Savage Art Resources, Portland, OR
Bande Annonce, aliceday, Brussels, Belgium
Art Brussels 2004, Brussels, Belgium
Beautiful Losers/Beaver College, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Occur(Blur), Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
Frogs: A chorus of colors, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
Hypothermia (Royal Art Lodge), Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Strips & Characters,Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
The Royal Art Lodge: Ask the Dust, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Huts (Royal Art Lodge), Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Pride in Workmanship (Royal Art Lodge), Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK
Postcards From the Edge, Visual Aids benefit, New York, NY
The Royal Art Lodge: Ask the Dust, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI
Wonderland, Judy Ann Goldman Gallery, Boston, MA

2003
The Gothic Unconscious, Gallery One One One, Winnipeg, MB
Group show, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Group show, Judy Goldman Fine Art, Boston, MA
The Royal Art Lodge: Ask the Dust, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Family Circus, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
The Royal Art Lodge: Ask the Dust, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL
Works on Paper, Stalke Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark
Postcards From the Edge, Visual Aids benefit,, New York, NY
The Royal Art Lodge: Ask the Dust, Power Plant, Toronto, ON
The Royal Art Lodge: Ask the Dust, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

2002
Straight to Hell, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Group show, I 20 Gallery, New York, NY
Art Fair, Bologna, Italy
Bad Touch, Space 1026, Philidelphia, PA
The Drawing Show, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Oakland, CA
Art Fair, Chicago, IL
Tribe, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Art Fair (with Royal Art Lodge), Basel, Switzerland
Art Fair, Torino, Italy
Drue's Birthday, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Postcards From the Edge, Visual aids benefit, New York, NY
Group show, Evergreene Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

2001
Amounts of Blood, Artcore, Toronto
Art Fair, Bologna, Italy
Light Gallery, Faenza, Italy
Dear Winnipeg (w/Michael Dumontier), Plug In Billboard, Winnipeg
Art Fair Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Sensational Line, MOCA, Denver, CO
Best of the Season: Selected Highlights from the 2000-2001 Manhattan Gallery Season, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
I Love New York, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
Postcards from the Edge, Visual Aids benefit, New York, NY
Art Fair, Torino, Italy
Art Pile, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Royal Art Lodge, Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padova, Italy
School Girls, Fish Tank Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Bad Touch, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC
The Good the Bad and the Ugly (w/David Rathman), Galerie Wieland, Berlin, Germany

2000
Royal Art Lodge, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
The Royal Art Lodge Presents, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Miracle Whip, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
Search for Art, Milan, Italy
Art Chicago 2000, Chicago, IL
Art Fair, Cologne, Germany

1999
Greetings from Winnipeg, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
A Relatively Small Collection (audio art), Ace Art, Winnipeg, MB
Floating Gallery Celebrity Camera Auction, Winnipeg, MB
Laughing, Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

1997
Wood Inc., Off-Ice Gallery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Fresh Popped, Plug In Gallery, Anti-Chamber, Winnipeg, Canada
Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 1.1.1., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Art for Healing, Walker Theatre, Winnipeg, Canada
The Royal Art Lodge, Small Projects Gallery, University of Houston, TX

1996
Fite Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada

Selected Bibliography
2014
Neil Farber, Border Crossings, Issue 131

2011
Neil Farber, Juxtapoz, Issue 126

2008
Neil Farber, ArtWorld

2007
Neil Farber, ArtWorld, Issue 1

2006
Comic Art, Art Review
The Royal We, Juxtapoz, Issue 62, March, pp. 114-115

2005
Caleb Neelon: The Royal Art Lodge, Swindle No. 3, pp. 54-59
Luke Clancy:  The Royal Art Lodge: Serpentine Musings, Modern Painters, May, p. 113
Gaia Zebellin: Royal Art Lodge, Scrioppo 1, p. 23
Viviana Siviero: The Royal Art Lodge, Espoarte 33, p.74

2001
Clementine show Review, Neil Farber, The New Yorker, July 23
Grace Glueck: Neil Farber, The New York Times, July 13
Luca Beatrice: Freschi.Immediati.Arrivano i cartoon di Neil Farber, Arte, May, p. 58

2000
Michael Scott: Winnipeg's Royal Art Lodge, The Vancouver Sun, (Dec.)
Robin Laurence: Royal Visions of Childhood, The Georgia Straight, (Dec. 7)
Alison Gillmore: Brain Trust, Western Living, Nov., pp. 20-29

1999
Robert McGee: The Artful Lodger, Border Crossings, Jan., p. 59

1998
Robert Enright: The Art Lodge, Globe and Mail, Nov. 7

Awards
1997
School of Art Award, University of Manitoba, Canada
Painting Award, University of Manitoba, Canada

1996
Indiflix Award (fifth place independent film making competition), Winnipeg


Collections
MOMA, New York
West Collection, Pennsylvania
Olbricht Collection, Essen and Berlin
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

 


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