Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Michael Harrington

September 9-26 2010

Wednesday to Friday, 11-6 PM

Saturday 12-6 PM, Sunday, 1-5 PM

or by appointment

We are pleased to present Michael Harrington's latest body of work at our 1086 Queen Street West, TORONTO gallery.

Michael Harrington graduated from Toronto's Ontario College of Art and Design in 1989. Until 1997 he painted at night while in the daytime he worked at his father's human resources company in Ottawa. The day job honed his observation skills and provided insights into the working world, and his night drives supplied the moody settings for his paintings. More recently, family vacations to sun-filled American towns have added some bright notes to his palette.

While all the world is a stage for Harrington, he leaves out much of the information needed to piece together a coherent story. The inscrutable activities of his figures thwart viewers' prejudices and interpretations. Since 1998 Harrington has been painting full time, still mostly at night. He has exhibited regularly in solo shows at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects (Toronto), Galerie St-Laurent+Hill (Ottawa), Galerie de Bellefeuille (Montreal), and Miller Block Gallery (Boston, Massachusetts).

Harrington has exhibited in public venues such as the Carleton University Art Gallery (2000), the Ottawa Art Gallery (2003-2004, and 2009), Galerie Saw Gallery (2007), and the Glenbow Museum (2007). His paintings are featured in the collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Canada Council Art Bank as well as numerous corporate and private collections.

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