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Toronto artist sends in the clowns to Chicago gallery

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“We’ve been thinking about Holly Farrell for a long time,” states Aron Packer of the Canadian artist whose work is currently on view in his gallery. “And finally we made a show happen with a series of portraits of 10 clowns who modeled for Farrell in costume and makeup in her hometown of Toronto.”

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“This is my first show at Packer Schopf Gallery as well my first show of portraits, and certainly my first series of clown paintings,” notes Farrell.

A self-taught still life painter, Farrell has made the jump to portraiture where she excels in acrylic and oil. “Her love of early portraiture, the kind many people classify as Naive or Folk, is reflected in her paintings,” says Packer of the pieces on exhibit.

“I’ll just say that I have always wanted to do a clown show,” adds Packer. “And Farrell’s beautifully handled realism provokes the appropriate range of responses of every kind of clown.”

The exhibition will be on display through April 5, 2014 at Packer Schopf Gallery on 942 W. Lake Street in Chicago. For gallery hours, visit For more information on the artist, visit


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