A painter and maker of abstract constructions, Farmer was born and lived in London. He studied at Chelsea Polytechnic School of Art and showed with the London Group, New Vision Centre, St Martin’s Gallery and the Artists International Association. Solo exhibitions included the AIA gallery, London in 1956, Heal’s Art Gallery, 1964, and Angela Flowers Gallery in 1982. Farmer said that “the more simple I can make an image the better I like it … The less can always expand in the mind, whereas more either constricts or becomes too much.” Farmer was co-organiser with Malcolm Hughes of Directions-Connections at AIA Gallery, 1961, and had work reproduced in Frank Avray Wilson’s Art as Understanding, 1963. The painter Adrian Heath was a strong advocate of his work. The Arts Council, Contemporary Art Society, University of Hull Art Collection and Oriel Môn, Anglesey hold examples.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)