Media: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 20" x 24"
Allan Hugh Farmer (1945–2014) was born in Vancouver and grew up in Duncan, BC. As a young man, Farmer studied languages at the University of Victoria, following which he travelled, worked and lived in Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. In 1974, he returned to BC where he completed a certificate program for log scaling. Farmer worked in this industry for the rest of his life, moving to Prince George in 1998. Throughout the Prince George community, Farmer was known as a local artist. Often people described him with emotion as a passionate and intellectual man in the sense that he was always thinking and dreaming. He was very excited to retire, as for the first time, he could dedicate himself entirely to his art. He had long anticipated this opportunity and was looking forward to putting his ideas on canvas. Tragically, he died suddenly a few months short of realizing his artistic dreams.
Allan Farmer was a self-taught artist, with his first paintings dating back to 1992. From early on, Farmer’s motivation and sources of inspiration were evident in his choice of subject matter. He loved the region in which he lived and he painted what he saw, consequently, this landscape occupied an important place in his paintings. He also represented unknown places on canvas. His work and the pastimes he enjoyed, like fishing and hiking, often brought him far away from the city to remote locations few people have seen and he wanted to share these places with others. In this way, we can confer an historic value to his work. Many of Farmer’s paintings document Prince George and its surroundings, offering an honest picture of the region that will be familiar to people who live here.
Farmer’s solo exhibition, Far Away: Landscapes by Allan Farmer, was at Two River Gallery, Rustad Galleria in 2014 and toured the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George that summer. Catalogue available.