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.'
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
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.