We had the good fortune of connecting with Glen Farrelly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Glen, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Let’s face it much of what we do on a daily basis has risks involved, it’s the severity of the outcome that makes the risk a pause for thought moment! Growing up in the UK I tended to walk to the beat of my own drum – as a teenager I moved form a small country town to Art University to the Hustle and Bustle of London. That Risk set me on my path to make bigger decisions. After 20 years of teaching in a top London school I moved with my family to follow my wife’s career to LA. I had given up 20 years of doing what I loved to take the risk on a new country, a new city and a new way of life. The dangerous excitement was worth it. It was an educated risk that led me back to doing what I love and back to my work as an artist. Getting my work out into that huge critical world and putting all vulnerabilities on show with the mask of confidence..
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In 2016 I moved to LA and bought a house in Santa Clarita. Unfortunately, after only 2 months in my new home, the area was under threat by the Sand Fire. The fire was the biggest the city had seen for many years and the first I had ever seen, in London you get rain and more rain! The fast moving fire came within 1/4 mile of our home causing my family to evacuate for three days. Obviously this had a huge impact on my thoughts and art work. As soon as I could I began walking the fire ravaged sites and collected remnants of scorched and discarded wood. I looked for the beauty that remains in each piece of wood and emphasized the new life that emerges. Each piece is carefully sculpted to show the scars left by the fire and the beauty and new life that is returning to the City scape. I created a series of pieces and was invited to show my work at various galleries in and around LA. I have found that it is so important to push your work and stay up to date, remind people that that you are around doing something they need to see. I have been fortunate to be the lead artist at a couple of exhibitions and also have had my work featured in Newspapers and magazines. What I have learnt is to use these, they are great tools to advertise what you do. You can use these published articles to show your relevance. Websites, instagram and other social media platforms can get your work seen but you need to treat these as a full time job as much as the work you create. Much of my message is to raise awareness of our effect of the environment and natures way of trying to claw her way back to life. I do whatever I can to work in the best practices possible and have the least environmental impact. It makes me so proud when a gallery choses me to share my work and insights.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Well as a lot of my buddies would be visiting from the UK my itinerary would be huge! Obviously they would want to see all the top tourist spots but I would take them to a few of my favourite places. When they ask to see the Hollywood sign I take them to the Batmans Caves, the look on their face when they emerge from the darkness and see the sign close up is priceless! My top beach experience if they want to really eat is Paradise Cove – the Vegan Burger is incredible and the beach is stunning. LACMA is a must see and many of the independent galleries. Walking in LA is something I notice many Americans don’t do but I love it, you pick up on the culture and vibe of the place at a more intimate pace – you also avoid the crazy drivers! I also loved running barefoot around the many hiking trails around LA but Runyon Canyon is amazing, the trails are great and the people watching is awesome. I loved it so much I bought the T Shirt (currently wearing said T shirt!)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Sometimes bravery only comes after vulnerability and I think being an artist this is usually quite obvious. You put yourself out there, your thoughts, your skills all to be questioned. To get to that point is never easy, however confident you appear. I am very lucky to have my wife to thank for helping me take that risk, Sometimes just to talk about ideas, sometimes to receive a kind word other times to give me a shove. Even in that time of given a shove I know it was from a place of love and pride. She is my biggest fan along with my two sons!
All pictures by Glen Farrelly Magazine article Elite Magazine Newspaper, LA Times