Except for a brief period of study at the Art Student's League in New York, James Harrington is self taught. Initially influenced by "Ash Can School" artist Robert Henri's writings, he has gone on to develop his own theories of color and composition.
It is his use of color that first attracts us to his work: the combinations always seem fresh and unusual, and his paintings suffused with light. His placement of figures and objects in his paintings is based on a careful balance of color and an asymmetrical compositional rhythm which he has described as "leading the eye with meter." His subject matter often documents the dignity of work and ethic of labor that draws workers to their occupations, those who take their livelihood from the sea, and "art about art."
James Harrington's work has been featured in a number of publications, including American Artist magazine and Susan Rayfield's book, Marine Painting: Techniques of Modern Masters. He is an elected member of the American Society of Marine Artists.
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