In turning wood, I seek to release the essence of its very soul I am happiest when creating from found woods that feature irregular grain patterns, knots, burls or voids, such that the finished work provokes a different commentary.
Charles Farrar is an internationally celebrated wood artist whose artworks honor the valuable skills and creative abilities that enslaved Africans brought with them to the North and South American continents. Using hand-selected woods, Farrar creates fine art vessels that hold and emotionally convey ideas and concepts. In many of his works, Farrar taps into the universal symbols of totality, wholeness and timeliness to open the viewer’s eyes to the expansiveness of the cycles in time, life and nature itself. His works evoke a sense of wonder as they mirror the aesthetic standard of today while also providing a window into the historical context of the time.
Farrar regularly teaches at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. His work is held in the private collections of former Essence magazine editor Susan Taylor, actress Debbie Allen, retired General Wesley Clark, and the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art. It is also featured in corporate and museum collections such as Bank of America; the David Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles; Danville Museum of Fine Art; Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture; The White House Collection; the Archbishop of Canterbury; and is held on permanent loan at the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar by the U.S. State Department.