MICHAEL HARRINGTON: NEW PAINTINGS: November 1 - 25, 2012
Michael Harrington graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto in 1989. Harrington’s practice has been the depiction of the human form existing in incomplete and ambiguous narratives intended to ignite an empathetic response from viewers. These paintings employ traditional representational devices that comment on a variety of inspiration including cinema, theatre, literature, music, family folklore, and personal memory and experience.
Most recently his work considers the male figure in society. These men are positioned in the transient interiors and exteriors of the working world; hotel rooms, lobbies, boardrooms and barrooms. Also considered are the contemporary images of vacation destiny; recreation vehicles, and the motels of south Florida.
He has exhibited extensively in Canada and the United States. His work has been reviewed in Bordercrossings magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Boston Globe and has been reproduced in Harper’s magazine; and 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.