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Liam O'Farrell

Liam O'Farrell - Architectural & Lifestyle illustrator. UK

An outstanding talent with ink and watercolours, Liam O’Farrell has a traditional painterly style that is ideal for books, newspapers, magazines, annual reports and more. Architectural and lifestyle illustration are areas he specialises in, but full bleed or spot illustration, he can hit the right tone for just about any brief.
Now based in Somerset, Liam decided he’d become an artist when he was 10 and every decision thereafter has pointed to that goal. Taking an HND in Technical Illustration at Portsmouth Art College, he moved to London, working in design and illustration and rising to the top of his game. His favourite artists include Spencer, Lowry and Wallis.

Approach

After a discussion with the client Liam will deliver a detailed drawing to make sure there’s no confusion about what he’ll be creating. He’ll then use inks and watercolours to render the image, with postproduction work done in Photoshop – adding or boosting colours. That said, his work never looks Photoshopped.

Style

People tend to recognise Liam’s old school illustration style straight away. It’s not cartoony, and it’s not serious, with architectural and character elements to it as required. Often he lets his painting sit on a stark white surround for a great deal of impact, making the addition of typography a breeze for art directors.

Client list

Some of Liam’s clients include Tatler, Knight Frank LLP, The Times, Liberty London, Perspectives in Architecture, BBC Books, Macmillan, The Big Issue, One Housing Group and Meed.
An Artist at Work in Liverpool
An Artist at Work in Liverpool
Liam O'Farrell makes a short video on his experience of painting Liverpool Docks and The Liver Building.
An Artist at Work in Liverpool
Pilton Postcards
Pilton Postcards
Liam O'Farrell produces a fabulous series of Lockdown postcards based around his home county of Somerset.
Pilton Postcards
Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market
Liam O'Farrell paints the iconic Leadenhall Market for a private client to celebrate a wedding anniversary.
Leadenhall Market
Woodbridge's Aerial View
Woodbridge's Aerial View
Liam O'Farrell produces artwork for Woodbridge School's Virtual Open Event.
Woodbridge's Aerial View
The House on West Street
The House on West Street
Liam O'Farrell paints a beautiful Victorian house in Harrow on the Hill
The House on West Street
A Piece in The Times
A Piece in The Times
Liam O'Farrell speaks to The Times about his love of painting much loved homes.
A Piece in The Times
The Highest High Street
The Highest High Street
Liam O'Farrell captures the spirit of a Wiltshire high street for a private client.
The Highest High Street
The Countryside Captured
The Countryside Captured
Liam O'Farrell's reportage skills are put to excellent use for a painting of Chipping Campden in The Cotswolds.
The Countryside Captured
Worcester Cathedral
Worcester Cathedral
Liam O'Farrell paints an impressive view of Worcester Cathedral for a private client.
Worcester Cathedral
Sip on-the-go with Sipsmith
Sip on-the-go with Sipsmith
A Summer campaign for Sipsmith's 'gin in a can' is illustrated by watercolour artist Liam O'Farrell.
Sip on-the-go with Sipsmith
The Ship Inn
The Ship Inn
Liam O'Farrell paints The Ship Inn, Lymington for a private client.
The Ship Inn
Mapping Augusta Golf Course
Mapping Augusta Golf Course
Golf Monthly commission Liam O'Farrell for an illustration of the Augusta National Golf Club & Course.
Mapping Augusta Golf Course
A rebrand for KW Wealth
A rebrand for KW Wealth
Liam O'Farrell was recently commissioned by KW Wealth, an independent wealth management firm, to help illustrate their rebrand.
A rebrand for KW Wealth
Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence Painting Series
Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence Painting Series
A trip with friends to Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence in France inspired a new series of paintings by Liam O'Farrell
Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence Painting Series
Postcard from Portland
Postcard from Portland
Liam O'Farrell paints The Voodoo Doughnut bar in Portland, Oregon for the FT Weekend Magazine.
Postcard from Portland
The William Green Field
The William Green Field
Liam O'Farrell helps a client to preserve a permanent memory of the The William Green Field at the Glastonbury Festival.
The William Green Field
Two Views
Two Views
Liam O'Farrell completes a two view commission of the Norfolk coast for a private client.
Two Views
Both Ends of Maunsel Street
Both Ends of Maunsel Street
Liam O'Farrell completes a two-painting commission of a London Westminster street.
Both Ends of Maunsel Street
London Mural
London Mural
Liam O'Farrell was recently commissioned to paint a mural of London's architecture on an apartment wall.
London Mural
A Force of Nature
A Force of Nature
Liam O'Farrell illustrates for BBC Countryfile magazine
A Force of Nature
The Londonist
The Londonist
Liam O'Farrell's work was recently made into a video by The Londonist about his paintings of London Markets
The Londonist
How to Make a Kite
How to Make a Kite
BBC Countryfile Magazine commission Liam O'Farrell for a landscape kite-flying illustration.
How to Make a Kite
Shoreditch
Shoreditch
This captivating and narrative painting is by the hands of Liam O'Farrell.
Shoreditch
Catteshall Road
Catteshall Road
Liam O'Farrell works with Woodside Park Commercial Centre to create an architectural illustration for a residential park and dwellings.
Catteshall Road
The White Cross
The White Cross
Liam O'Farrell is commissioned to paint The White Cross Pub in Richmond upon Thames.
The White Cross
A Modern Laboratory
A Modern Laboratory
The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the USA commission Liam O'Farrell to illustrate a laboratory for their annual newsletter.
A Modern Laboratory
Ready Meals
Ready Meals
Liam O'Farrell brings his organic brushwork to Pure Kitchen's packaging.
Ready Meals
Island Life
Island Life
Liam O'Farrell shares his Sicilian adventure.
Island Life
London Bridges
London Bridges
Liam O'Farrell pulls together his paintings of railway bridges giving a distinct London flavour.
London Bridges
St. Mary's Works
St. Mary's Works
Liam O'Farrell illustrates Architekton's ideas in the development of St Mary’s Works in Norwich.
St. Mary's Works
A Tour of Malta
A Tour of Malta
Liam O'Farrell discovers the wonders of Malta on a recent painting trip.
A Tour of Malta
Before the Renovation
Before the Renovation
Liam O'Farrell re-visits Battersea Power Station to paint the iconic building before it's awaited renovation.
Before the Renovation
The Real Food Market
The Real Food Market
Liam O'Farrell paints a marvellous representation of The Real Food Market on the Southbank.
The Real Food Market
Pets at Home
Pets at Home
Pets at Home
Rowing up the Cam
Rowing up the Cam
Liam O'Farrell paints a section of the River Cam in the University City of Cambridge.
Rowing up the Cam
O'Farrell's Northumberland
O'Farrell's Northumberland
O'Farrell's Northumberland
Battersea's Affordable Art Fair
Battersea's Affordable Art Fair
Battersea's Affordable Art Fair
Scottish Independence
Scottish Independence
Liam O'Farrell paints a political cartoon illustrating the upcoming Scottish Independence vote.
Scottish Independence
Bacon Street Market
Bacon Street Market
Bacon Street Market
A Taste of Glastonbury
A Taste of Glastonbury
A Taste of Glastonbury
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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