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Student Stories: Jonathan Farr, Sir Denis Mahon Award Winner

This is a really interesting article

The Prince's Drawing School Blog

Drawing Year alumnus Jonathan Farr is the 2013-14 Sir Denis Mahon Scholar. He graduated with a BA in Sculpture from the Slade in 1997, and then lived and worked as an English language teacher, magazine illustrator and children’s book author and illustrator in Barcelona and Mexico City until 2009 before applying to The Prince’s Drawing School’s Drawing Year postgraduate programme. He now lives and works in London and Bristol. We asked him to tell us about his experience of The Drawing Year in 2011, and more recently, the Sir Denis Mahon Award Year.

I applied to The Drawing Year because I wanted to find out if drawing could be for something else; a means to an end instead of an end in itself. I’d been drawing as an end in itself and need to shake up the way I was drawing. I’d been drawing largely on my own for years and wanted to be…

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A surreal painter by nature, my creative artwork has evolved from my feelings and dreams. Benefitting from a mixed media approach it has incorporated surrealism, sculpture, animation, humour, illustration, the exploration of alternative realities and automatic painting. As a neurodiverse artist, my creativity has been an integrel part of my achieving good mental health.

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