Brian Farrell was born in Southampton, New York,1968. In 1986, he went to study Landscape Development/Architecture at the University Cobleskill, NY and was to complete his degree at the Syracuse University program. Not satisfied with his choice of career, Farrell went on to study Advertising Communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2007, Farrell had his first formal art training at The New York Academy of Art in traditional figure painting.
Farrell began to seriously paint in 1997. That same year, he had his first show in New York City. The pieces were of abstracted, two toned landscapes. They were architectural and explored depth of field with solid color. By 1998 to 2000, Farrell had explored a wide variety of techniques, styles, and materials. Areas of Quantum Physics became his focus of interest. it was during this time he began adding the figure to his work. He used it, with mixed media, to explain theories of wormhole travel, parallel worlds, particle matter light, death, thermodynamics. Music had also become the main driving influence of his work.
After attending the New York Academy of Art in 2007-2009, the work drastically changed in its technical skill. It was more refined and organized with a consistent figurative style. He found a new voice dealing with issues of child abuse, divorce, bullying, human rights, politics, protection of children.
The present works are a combination of expression, figurative, abstraction.and mixed media. Music, of almost every type, is the foundation of his paintings. The subject matter and title develop as he listens to the lyrics of multiple songs, while building the layers of paint and other materials. The figures evolve from the overlays of brushstrokes and are meant to portray a humor and satire about the subject. He deals with issues pertaining to celebrity culture. teen drug use and pregnancy, war, guns, politics, psychology of young culture, substance abuse.