Excavating the Life and Work of John Farrar

Excavating the Life and Work of John Farrar
During its 40 years of publication, the IRAAA has made significant contributions to the history and criticism of American art through the generous support of volunteer writers such as Jerry Langley.  An art collector and former FIDC attorney, Jerry Langley draws from investigative skills honed during his legal career to research and write articles about exceptional, but little known, African American artists.  These artists include John Farrar (1927-1972).  By age 14, John Farrar was recognized as a prodigy and was developing patrons among Washington DC’s art elite.   However, the heightened perception that made Farrar a gifted visual artist may have had some link with his incipient schizophrenia. Langley's article covers Farrar’s childhood, his discovery by a Washington DC sculptor and socialite, his extraordinary, early successes; his prolific …