References (A man amongst Artists, aka the boy who makes others lives hell)

2012, 31.7 × 44 cm, digital C-print

References (A man amongst Artists, aka the boy who makes others lives hell)
References (A man amongst Artists, aka the boy who makes others lives hell)

C-print from black and white photocopy of my high school leaving book, signed by an art teacher and a classmate. The inscriptions read (on the left:)

“To Alex,
a man amongst Artists... What a star, What a future.
All the best,
Mrs. Slack”

(on the right:)

“! FARRAR YOU NOB - JOCK! Well I’d love to say good luck (but I’m clearly not going to because you’re a cock!) Hell, everyone has flaws, you can’t help it if you could then you’d be an even bigger Tosser! You can’t be all the bad (oh but yes you can) - the number of times you’ve annoyed me are too great to even contemplate. But on a nice note (yes I’m nice, you’re not), I actually do hope you do well... to a certain degree. Well I’m going to stop now because I can’t quite believe I’m spending so much time on you- Jesus there’s something wrong with this. Laters Farrar aka - the boy who makes others lives Hell.”


Archipelago, 2012, VLAM, Amsterdam, NL. Young British Art II, 2012, curated by Ryan Gander and Christina von Rotenhan, DIENSTGEBÄUDE, Zurich, CH.

Alex Farrar
Born 1986 in Leeds, United Kingdom
29.3.18 – 2.4.18 Unfair at Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
22 - 26.2.18 Christie’s Fundraiser Auction for Unfair 2018 at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
21 – 25.2.18 Arco Madrid with Dürst Britt & Mayhew
16.2.18 – 24.3.18 ‘Body Building’ group exhibition at Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague
7 – 21.12.17 ‘Places of Ruin Part III Beyond Thunderdome’ group exhibition at NEST, The Hague
John Cleese on Creativity featured in Fay Asselbergs’ The Extended Colophon
20.10.17 ‘Distant Constellations’ group exhibition at The Great Medical Disaster, Manchester
6 – 10.10.17 ‘Staging the inhabitable’ group exhibition at Cultureel Centrum het Fijnhout, Jacob van Lennepkade 334, Amsterdam
1.5.17 – 1.5.19 Kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fonds Stipendium for Established Artists
18 – 21.5.17 Arco Lisboa with Dürst Britt & Mayhew
6 – 9.2.17 Guest lecturing for the Autonomous Fine Arts department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
3.1.17 the ‘suits’ archived book will be distributed by Idea Books and is available now via their website and associated bookshops.
recent exhibitions
Dürst Britt & Mayhew
COLOPHON was built with the ingenuity and patience of DisplayHooray.
The typeface used throughout is Maria Pro, created by Phil Baber, whose 2010 design for the Index book reappears here in the work pages.
Credit also goes to Qubik for my original website (2010–2014), which lives on in the icon based home page.