Roger Farnworth was born in Truro. He studied the Philosophy of Perception at the University of Bristol, subsequently taking a diploma in Social Work in London. During the 1960s he worked in Zambia for four years, followed by a spell in Saudi Arabia. In 1969 he and his family settled in Warleggan, Cornwall.

A man of wide-ranging interests including psychology, archaeology and poetry, Roger was one of the North Cornwall Seven group of painters, as well as being a member of several Cornish poetry groups, the Julian group, the local United Nations Association, and many others. Nationally, he was Intellectual Events Officer for MENSA. He was a valued contributor to Cornish archaeology. His commitment as a peace campaigner was evident from the time he spent as a volunteer with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel in 2003-2004.

His paintings were exhibited widely in Cornwall and on a number of occasions in London.

His work Mont Sainte-Victoire Farm (Provence) was exhibited at Falmouth Art Gallery in 2000 during the '20 Years of Contemporary Art' Exhibition.

Among Roger Farnworth's philosophical observations was this one on colour: 'Nearly all our perception is visual. Nearly all reality comes to us on the vehicle of colour. So the best way to explore reality is to use colour: to paint.'





Group exhibitions:

1994, 1997: Fisher Gallery, Wadebridge

1995: Falmouth Art Gallery

1996: City Art Gallery, Truro

1996: Goods Shed Gallery, Wadebridge

1996: Gallerie im Gartenhaus, Rheda Wiedenbruck, Germany

1997: North Cornwall Seven at Truro Museum

1997: Bideford Art Centre

1998: Penlee House Museum, Penzance

1998: Falmouth Art Gallery

2000: 20 Years of Contemporary Art, Falmouth Art Gallery

2017: From Eden Rock to Brexit - Paintings from a Causley Century, Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun

Solo Exhibitions:

2014: The Camelford Gallery

2016: Hamilton House, Bristol

2017: Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

2017: Following Roger Farnworth, Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun (6 Oct-3 Nov)


Exh Cat: 20 Years of Contemporary Art at Falmouth Art Gallery 1980-2000

Family contact available on request.