Curriculum Vitae

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Farhad Nargol-O'Neill, Visual Artist

Email: farhadnargoloneill@gmail.com

website: www.farhadsculpture.com

Artist Statement

"The practice and growth of my Art has been informed by many and varied influences, not only by the visual but also by the unseen, the interior, the inexpressible, and the musical. I include my Catholic spirituality, mnemonics, a mixed Irish/Zoroastrian parentage, knowledge of justice and community, music, and observations regarding the relationship between object and place. I believe that all of these things find their truest representation, in a sort of reverse Platonic fashion, in the physicality of created Art. Art, therefore, is for myself the means by which all those things that exist in human nature and the natural world find their truest expression. I am of half Irish - half Parsee (Indian Zoroastrian) parentage. Originally from Unionville, Ontario, I have traveled extensively for more than two and a half decades iin furtherance of my visual art career. I have lived and worked in many countries and am familiar with many different cultures. My multi-cultural heritage and ability to empathize and communicate with many cultures has always been a great advantage with regards to my ability to work and relate with the widest range of people".

Current Projects

  • Stage play: "Portis Proserpina"
  • Series of (12) bas reliefs based upon on medieval themes and my reflections upon elements of natural philosophy linked to narratives
  • New works in bas-relief on religious (Catholic) themes
  • New series of (12) bas reliefs based on Irish mythology
  • Illuminated manuscript on lambskin of my own artist statement dealing with iconography and natural philosophy
  • Architectural drawings on lambskin for the design of a neo classical building - a collegium for ecclesiastical arts and rhetoric
  • Solo exhibition in 2019 of paintings based upon reflections on natural philosophy and medieval themes.
  • Solo exhibition in September of 2019 of my musically inspired automatic writing at the Electric Perfume Gallery in Toronto.
  • Solo exhibition of all of my bas reliefs in August 2020 at the Gerard Dillon Gallery in An Culturlann, Belfast, Ireland
  • Solo and/or group exhibition the DaDa Gallery, Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Solo/group exhibition (sculptural/installation) in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Commissions

1995 - 2018

Numerous private sculptures, painting, and drawing commissions. See sculptures and drawings. Almost all of these works belong in private collections in Canada and Ireland.

2014 - 2018/19

Marian Doors Commission for St. Michaels Cathedral Basilica. Commissioned by the Archdiocese of Toronto to create two bronze gilded double doors for the north and south transept of the renovated Cathedral to show the entirety of the Rosary in sculptural bas-relief. See Concrete Pictures of the beginning of the commission on Vimeo.

2013

Feminine Character of the Unconscious. Private stone sculpture commission. Toronto, Canada. See Feminine Character under Sculptures.

Drawing commission of automatic writing on lambskin/illuminated manuscript to "Suite for Piano" by Canadian composer/pianist William Westcott. Private commission. See commission under Drawings.

2012

O'Keefe/H Manuscript. Automatic writing on lambskin/illuminated manuscript commission. Private commission. Toronto, Canada. See O'Keefe - Heyden Manuscript under Drawings.

Automatic writing to T. Monk. Private drawing commission of automatic writing on lambskin. Toronto, Canada. See Automatic Writing to T. Monk 2012 under Drawings.

2007

Corpus et Spiritus. Major sculpture commission for the Catholic Education Centre (YCDSB). Patron: Metrus Inc. Aurora, Ontario. Canada. See Corpus et Spiritus under Public Works.

The Life of St. Elizabeth. Bas-relief sculpture created in conjunction with the students of and for St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy for the Arts. Vaughan, Ontario. Canada.

2005-2006

Stations of the Cross (Divine Love). Bas-relief sculpture created in conjunction with the students off and for Holy Cross Catholic Academy. Woodbridge, Ontario. Canada. See Divine Love under Bas-reliefs.

Expulsion from the Garden (Environmental Installation). Installation created alongside other installations (which I managed) created by top art students from Unionville High School for the Artist. Commissioned by the Township of Markham, Ontario. Canada, for the Markham Blooms Community Festival. See Enviro Installation under Public Works.

Biographical Construction. Two-piece stone (permanent) and hanging polystyrene (temporary) installation commissioned by the Township of Markham, Ontario. Canada for the Markham Community in Bloom Festival. See Biographical Construction under Public Works.

Balancing on Three Points. Mural commission: British Council, BG Tunisia. British Council Office, Tunisia. See Balancing on Three Points under Public Works and radio interview under Press and Performance.

Ode to Aphrodite and Hala Sultan. Mural commission: British Council (Cyprus), the BHC (Cyprus). Cyprus. See Ode to Aphrodite and Hala Sultan under Public Works and press and video footage under Press and Performance.

2004

Constructing the Past. Mural commission: British Council (Belfast and Cyprus), and ETEK. Nicosia, Cyprus. See Constructing the Past under Public Works and press and video documentation under Press and Performance.

Carriage na Gailge. Stone sculpture commission sponsored by the USDT and the Turf Lodge Residents Association. Completed and installed by since removed. Pity, it would make a lovely mass rock. See Carriage na Gailge under Public Works.

2003

Carriage Failte. Sculpture commission: Groundwork N.I., Turf Lodge Residents Association, and the USDT. See Carriage Failte under Public Works.

Carriage Mairead. Sculpture commission: Groundwork N.I., Ait na Mona Residents Association. Ireland. See Carriage Mairghead under Public Works.

2002

Freedom Restrained? Commissioned for the Falls Women's Centre. West Belfast, Ireland. Supported by the New Works program by the ACNI. See Freedom Restrained under Public Works.

The Birth of Kells. Sculpture donated to An Culturlann Irish Language Cultural Centre. Belfast, Ireland. See Birth of Kells under Public Works.

2001

The Herald of Jericho. Public sculpture commission: Upper Springfield Development Trust. USDT building. Ireland. See Angel of Jericho under Public Works.

An Duanaire, Poems of the Dispossessed. The Blackbird and the Bell. Private commission by Eamonn O'Faigain. See An Duanaire, Poems of the Dispossessed under Paintings.

2000

Bedu Bride I, II, Flying Carpet. Sculpture commission: Government of Jordan, EXPO 2000. Hanover, Germany. My work on this commission was recognized by HRH Queen Rani al Abullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. See Expo 2000 under Public Works.

Basian Garden. Screen sculpture commission. Stately residence. Collaboration with designer Bruce Munro. Barbados. See Basian Garden under Decorative Sculptures and videos of my making screen sculptures in the Conway Mill studio under Press and Performance.

Basian Sky Garden. Stately residence. Collaboration with designer Bruce Munro. Barbados. See Basian Sky under Decorative Sculptures and videos of my making screen sculptures in the Conway Mill studio under Press and Performance.

1999

Screen sculpture commission for the Belfast Indian Cultural Centre, Crumlin Road.

Standing Guard. Public sculpture commission: Groundwork N.I. for Ballymena Borough Council. Ballymena, Ireland. See Standing Guard under Public Works.

1998

Screen sculptures for the Song of America Cruise Liner. See Song of American Sculptures under Public Works.

Exhibitions

Awards, Grants, and Collections