Born 1940, Kells, County Meath , Ireland.
Farrell attended St Martin's School of Art from 1957-61. He exhibited with the Young Contemporaries in 1960, as a 'hard-edge' abstract painter. However, as Cyril Barrett pointed out in the introduction to his retrospective at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin in 1979, the events in Northern Ireland from 1969 led his work away from abstract formalism to a politicised work of symbols.
He died in his home in Cardet Village, Southern France in the year 2000.
The eight works described in the pages below are from an ambitious suite of twenty-nine etchings published in Dublin in 1982 accompanied by a text written by Dr. Cyril Barrett, a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy who donated the works to the University.