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"As books need the reader, and music an audience, so do paintings rely on the viewer to perceive and participate in the work, conveying the visual truths of our world to one another."
-Glenn F. Harrington
Glenn Harrington's paintings have appeared in museums and galleries across the nation. His work has also been featured in traveling exhibitions to Japan as well as private collections throughout the country. He works primarily in oils on linen portraying the people and landscape of Bucks County and the places he has visited.
Harrington is influenced by the major painters working in the classical, romantic, and realist traditions, yet he pulls from modern disciplines in painting, literature, and photography. He seeks to present contemporary pictures influenced by tradition: pictures with suggested narratives of people, inextricably interwoven with their places, bathed in the mood of their moment. Harrington feels that nature, at times, can be the narrator, driving the force behind a picture. In others, sitters and subjects are free to reveal their stories of how their environment affects them.
In his artist statement, he quotes Henri Matisse as saying, "I cannot copy nature in a servile way, but must interpret it and submit it to the spirit of the picture." Harrington goes on to say that the "spirit of the picture" is paramount. It sets the mood and voice for the viewer. Yet, in order to understand what we are looking at, we must spend time observing and understanding. Ultimately, it is a timeless, transcendent, quality that Harrington is after, honest about our day, yet offering something unique about our time.
Harrington is represented in the Ranulph Bye retrospective, A Sense of Place, with his portrait of Ranulph Bye, at the Michener Art Museum (2014-2015). Harrington also has two portraits of Bucks County Judges in the Michener Art Museum exhibition, A Judicial Legacy: Portraits from the Bucks County Court Collection (2015).
Glenn Harrington. Image courtesy of the artist.
Pratt Institute, BFA, New York, NY, 1981
Influences and Teachers
Harrington's father, John Singer Sargent, J.W. Waterhouse, Diego Velazquez, Henri Matisse, Giorgio Morandi, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, Richard Diebenkorn, Amedeo Modigliani, Mary Cassatt, Gustav Klimt
Connection to Bucks County
Glenn Harrington has lived in Tinicum Township since the 1980s, painting the landscape and those who live within it.
Painter Frank Arcuri, Musician Joe Renzetti
Glenn Harrington lectures at Delaware Valley College Art Symposiums, as well as the Doylestown Art League and at various student art shows and classes.
A Judicial Legacy: Portraits from the Bucks County Court Collection, Portrait of Honorable Susan Devlin Scott and the Honorable R. Barry McAndrews, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA, 2015
A Sense of Place: Paintings by Ranulph Bye, Portrait of Ranulph Bye, (2009), Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA, 2014
Art Obsessions Galley, Group Show, Tokyo, Japan, 2007
Medici Gallery, Group Show, London, UK, 2007
Wells Gallery, Selected Paintings, Charleston, SC, 2007
Travis Gallery, Recent Works, New Hope, PA, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, Solo Exhibit, New York, NY, 2004, 2006, 2007
The Figure in American Art, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York, NY, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007
Kiawah Island Paintings, Wells Gallery, Charleston, SC, 2006
Salon D'Arts, Colorado History Museum, Denver, CO, 2006
World Golf Hall of Fame, Annual Inductee Portraits, St. Augustine, FL, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
Murfield Village, Memorial Inductee Portraits, Columbus, OH, 2003, 2004, 2006
38th Annual Juried Exhibition, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA, 2005
Portrait Society of America, Group Portrait Exhibition, Washington D.C., 2005
Seventh Annual Summer Salon, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York, NY, 2004
Cassique Club, Solo Exhibit, Kiawah Island, SC, 2003
Inaugural Exhibit, Wells Gallery, Charleston, SC, 2002
En Plein Air Group Exhibit, Gibbs Art Museum, Charleston, SC, 2002
Summer Salon, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York, NY, 2001, 2002
Jack Nicklaus Museum, 30 Paintings, Permanent Collection, Columbus, OH, 2002
Summer Exhibition, Wells Gallery, Group Show, Charleston, SC, 2002
Annual Show, Museum of American Illustration, New York, NY, 2002
Faces of Bucks County Portrait Exhibit, Aldie Mansion, Doylestown, PA, 2002
Bucks Fever Art Exhibition,Travis Gallery, Doylestown, PA, 2001
International Juried Annual Exhibition, NY Society of Illustrators, New York, NY, 2000
Summer Exhibition, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York, NY, 2000
Juried Exhibition, Phillips Mill Gallery, New Hope, PA, 1999
Juried Exhibition, Bianco Gallery, Doylestown, PA, 1999
Four New York Painters, Kirin Art Space, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, 1999
Norman Rockwell Gallery, Museum of American Illustration Exhibition, Stockbridge, MA, 1999
The Draper Grand Prize, Annual Juried Exhibit of Portrait Society of America, Washington D.C., 2007
Award of Excellence, Annual Juried Exhibit of Oil Painters of America, Fredricksburg, Texas, 2007
Finalist in Art Renewal Center (ARC), Annual Juried Exhibition, 2007
3rd Prize in Art of the State Painting Exhibit, Juried by 19th Century/Modern Painting Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, State Museum, Harrisburg, PA, 2005
The Portrait Society of America Honor Award, 2005
New Art International 2nd Prize in Painting, Book Art Press, 2005
The Portrait Society of America Certificate Award, 2004
Society of Illustrators Silver Medal, 1985
BBC Publishing, series of classic books on tape including: Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Room with a View, Women in Love, Dangerous Liaisons, Man and Superman, Mansfield Park and Silas Manor
CBS Films: Poster art for The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott
United Artists: James Bond film festival poster art, Sean Connery/Roger Moore
HBO Films: Murrow Daniel Trevonte, poster and promo art
World Golf Hall of Fame, Portraits of Inductees: (partial list) Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, V.J. Singh, Payne Stuart, Tom Kite, Nick Price, Greg Norman, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer
Memorial Tournament, Portraits of Payne Stuart, Ben Hogan, Peter Thompson, and Lee Travino, among others
Golf Channel, group portrait of Tiger Woods, Nancy Lopez, and Jack Nicklaus
Gary Player Group, art commemorating Gary Players 50 years in golf
Sterling Publishing, two books of 40 paintings illustrating the poetry of W.B. Yeats and William Shakespeare
Master Class, portrait of Maria Callas commissioned for the Mark Taper Forum to promote the play
Wilbur Ross, portrait
Doonbeg Golf Club, County Clare Ireland, 3 murals depicting designer Greg Norman and Irish golfer Padraig Harrington, installed in the clubhouse
Teaching and Professional Appointments
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA
Doylestown Art League