MULHERIN is pleased to present new work by Michael Harrington.
Michael Harrington's practice focuses on the depiction of the human form occupying incomplete and ambiguous narratives. Expanding from his ongoing consideration of the male figure in society, this new body of work pulls Harrington away from more transient, exotic spaces: Florida hotel lobbies and gas stations, toward more intimate, private and edge-of town scenarios.
These paintings appear to connect the narrative in the form of a "mini-series", recurrent male figures populate landscapes and interiors : a man in red rests in a dark bedroom, a man in red puts his hand out to dogs in a trailer park, a man in red stops at the edge of an isolated body of water. These haunting scenes inhabited by a strange individual might be read as bleak and harrowing psychological landscapes, provoking empathetic response from a viewer. Signature to his style, Harrington captures each uncertain scenario and portrait in the rich and seductive representational style of Impressionism as well as hints of Northern Renaissance, Flemish and Dutch still life. Shrouded in contrasts of darkness and glowing light, what can we take away from Harrington's "red man" in his quiet and mortal moments?
Michael Harrington graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto in 1989. He has exhibited extensively in Canada and the United States. His work has been reviewed in Border Crossings magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Boston Globe and has been reproduced in Harper's magazine. Harrington's work can be found in the collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, the Canada Council Art Bank, as well as numerous corporate and private collections in North America and Europe. In 2007 Michael was awarded a gold medal from the Canadian National Magazine Awards for a painting commissioned by Toro Magazine. He lives and works in Ottawa.