Lindley Farley was born in Queens, New York, September 4, 1959. He studied piano from ages 5-8, then promptly retired from learning the instrument. “Mr. Brown, bless his heart, was my teacher, and in typical fashion of the day, taught me the rudiments of sight reading and nothing else. No theory, no composition, zip. At a certain point going to lessons was like going to the dentist every week. I’m surprised I ever took an interest in music after that. Oh, yeah, while I was doing that, I was drawing pictures and making comic books.”
Several of Lindley’s comic books were published in the early 1980s by Continuity Comics’ imprint “Echo of FuturePast” (re-realized by Louis Mitchell and Neal Adams). Although it was a great experience, Lindley eschewed a career as a writer and illustrator when he saw the long laborious process of turning out a magazine coupled with the ultra low wages. “Many people in the comics world saw their own work as disposable – a ‘let’s get it and forget it’ attitude. I didn’t see my stuff that way.
“My father saw my nascent artistic talent and bought an oil paint set for me when I was about 13. I made my first painting the next year. As my Dad loved abstract and abstract expressionism, I think he was somewhat disappointed that I preferred representational realism. Really what I was doing with those early works was trying to make pictures like the classical ones I saw in museums and the family art books.
“It wasn’t until I went to Queens College, and had good artists as professors – people like Charles Cajori, Robert Birmelin, Reynold Ruffins and Eleanor Magid – that I developed as a painter.
“Today I’m lucky that my style is pretty much my own which is its own signature. Some viewers have remarked about the works’ “Ashcan” quality. That’s fine with me, but if you will, try to find an Ashcan artist who painted a Porsche or a luxury glass hi-rise.”