Born in Minnesota but raised in Rome, designer Brian Farrell was exposed to some of the world’s best art before he even learned to say “arriverdici!” “My mom was constantly putting classical art in front of my face—taking me to all the museums and churches,” the now-New Jersey resident explains. After high school, Brian made his momma proud by studying at F.I.T., and around the same same, he became moved by a pretty un-classical medium. “I’d been obsessed with skateboarding for a long time, and board graphics were a big deal to me,” he explains of decking-out skate decks, his first foray into surface design.
After focusing on the fine-art market for a few years, in 2013 Brian began to silkscreen his patterns onto the kinds of objects he used everyday, like wall clocks, wrapping paper, and tea towels. But even though he’s got an eye for embellishing practical things, his work still stems from a love of the abstract. “I collect records, and I fell in love with a series of jazz albums put out by Command Records in the fifties with covers done by Josef Albers,” he notes. “They inspired me to take some of my line patterns and just start erasing the connecting lines.” Solid proof that not everything has to be linear.