JW Harrington is a painter, social-science professor, and trained baritone, living, working and painting in Tacoma, Washington. Using acrylic on canvas, he paints pure abstraction using strict, “rational” patterns of complementary colors, or using freely flowing patterns of color. He also paints abstracted, animated landscapes, motivated by the vibrant beauty of the Puget Sound region.
Harrington serves as Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. He was born in South Carolina, educated at Harvard University and the University of Washington, and has worked on east and west coasts of the U.S. He’s studied painting and drawing with Sandy Bricel Miller in Seattle. He’s a member of the Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton, Washington, where his work is on display. His work has been shown at the Red Ochre Studio and the University Unitarian Church in Seattle, on the Tacoma Art Month studio tour, in the 2017 Artists Trust fundraising auction, and at local art fairs. The City of Tacoma has purchased two of his works through juried competitions.