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June 2013

The Wells Gallery in The Sanctuary Resort on Kiawah Island, SC, Features Works by Glenn and Evan Harrington

The Wells Gallery in The Sanctuary Resort on Kiawah Island, SC, will present Father & Son: Glenn and Evan Harrington, on view from June 14 - 30, 2013. A reception will be held on June 14, from 5-8pm.

This Father’s Day weekend at the Wells Gallery in The Sanctuary Resort on Kiawah Island, visit us for a show featuring works by father and son artists: Glenn and Evan Harrington.

Glenn Harrington, accomplished fine artist and illustrator, is noted for his exquisite portraits and for his paintings of the sport of golf. In 1981, Harrington graduated from Pratt Institute in New York City and quickly began his career in illustration and painting. The artistic journey for Harrington began as a young boy under his father’s tutelage with his formal training culminating in a degree from the Pratt Institute in New York.

First embarking on a career as an illustrator, Harrington has had more than 500 book covers published including such classics as Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice and Room with a View. The transition to fine artist was a natural progression for such a gifted painter. He explores the easy solitude one feels when comfortable in their surroundings through capturing unguarded moments, when simple truths can be seen in a wistful smile, in the tilt of a head or in a pair of daydreaming eyes.

Glenn Harrington’s talents have surely been passed on to his son, Evan. He remarks on his son’s first foray into art, “I remember Evan at seven years old setting up his little easel in our dark yard one summer evening to paint the moon. I felt then that he might follow in the same painterly tracks that my father had laid for me.” It was with this fatherly example and encouragement that Evan began his art career.

Evan Harrington was born in 1989, and even at this young age he is an artist that is quickly mastering and honing his skills. He recently graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia in May of 2011 as well as studying with the master still life painter, Frank Arcuri, and the great imaginative painter Niko Chocheli. Evan is now a full time painter and has already established his name as an artist among many collectors. Much like his father, he reveres artists such as Degas, Sargent, and Sorolla and focuses his work on portraiture and still life.

Evan’s compositions are always dynamic and hint at something just beneath the surface of his subject. He often looks to his father for guidance on a new project, or for advice on his career, as well as life general. “My father has been my ultimate inspiration. Of course he was my strongest influence in my artistic development, but he also taught me the importance of obtaining diverse skills. Many know of my dad’s gifts to be in the realm of art, but few know of his athleticism, handiness in home construction and repair including carpentry and electricity, his humor, cooking skills, and his infinite devotion to family. My father continues to support all of my endeavors and I must admit that my efforts in life are little without my parents love and support.”

“Concerning my father’s art; there are so few painters that can accurately reproduce their mental vision with paint, my dad however happens to be one of them,” says Evan. “So many artists can produce a beautiful piece, but only a select few can do it time after time. My father’s versatility within his medium is rarely matched. I enjoy bouncing my artistic ideas off of him in order to test their adequacy. My father always pushes me to paint something just one step further, and that has made all the difference. I thank him for all of his love and direction.”

Glenn Harrington and Evan Harrington represent a small group of familial artists in a larger tradition of men following in their father’s footsteps. As Glenn noted; “from the Picassos to the Wyeths, art in the family is not new. What is always new are the living perceptions and revitalizing discourse between painters as we seek our individual paths. Few relationships are more fulfilling than to observe the world in tandem with a loved one.”

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/576-1290 or visit (www.wellsgallery.com).

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