David Farren was born in 1972 in Wiltshire and, after having lived in the North of England for over ten years, he has recently moved to the Perigord region of south west France with his family.
Since turning professional in 2000, David has gained a reputation as a modern impressionist, using open brushwork and colour to represent the energy and movement of the landscape. He is fascinated by the changing light within a scene and how it determines the mood of a place at a particular time – be it a busy New York street or a quiet corner of France.
The painting process begins with finding inspiration -walking the streets of New York or London with his sketchbook and camera, looking for interesting light and compositions: He’s often up before dawn so as to be in location for sunrise when there’s a strong contrast between the warmth of the sun, lighting up the edges of figures and cars, and the long cool shadows. Where he can he enjoys the challenge of painting en plein air – mostly small studies that can be completed in one session. He then take all the ideas and information back to his garden studio where he works from the sketches to create the finished painting.
David Farren has exhibited in leading galleries across the country and his paintings are held in private collections in the UK, France, USA and Ireland. He was recently featured in The Artist magazine.