Michael Harrington’s ambiguous narratives provide comment and insight on issues such as; masculinity, mortality, status, stress, virility, and esteem. Although some viewers may initially regard these depictions with suspicion the paintings are intended to ignite reflection and empathy. These are portrayals of rituals such as; negotiation, contemplation, performance and friendship. These paintings are an ongoing meditation on personal experience and observation. The work is inspired and influenced by cinema, theatre, literature, music, family folklore, and memory.
Michael Harrington is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. He has exhibited extensively in venues across North America including the Glenbow Museum, the Ottawa Art Gallery, Galerie Saw Gallery, the Carleton University Art Gallery, the Whyte Museum Alberta as well as Sookmyung Women’s University Cheongpa Gallery, Seoul Korea. His work has been presented and reviewed in Bordercrossings Magazine, Canadian Art, Harper’s Magazine, the Boston Globe and Contemporary Visual Art Magazine. He is represented in numerous public, corporate and private collections including the Glenbow Museum in Calgary and the Agnes Etherington Centre in Kingston, as well as the personal collections of film makers Atom Egoyan and Jeremy Podeswa.