JW Harrington is a painter, social-science professor, and trained baritone, living, working
and painting in Tacoma, Washington. Using acrylic on canvas or hardwood panels, he
paints abstract works: some using strict, “rational” patterns of complementary colors; and
some using intuitive composition. He also paints portraits and animated landscapes,
motivated by the vibrant beauty of the Puget Sound region.
Harrington 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 is Professor
Emeritus of Urban Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. He’s studied painting
and drawing with Sandy Bricel Miller in Seattle. His work has been shown in Seattle at the
Red Ochre Studio, ARTS at King Street Station , UW Tower, and the 2017 and 2020 Artists
Trust fundraising auction; in Tacoma on the Tacoma Art Month studio tour, and at the
Tahoma Center Gallery in Tacoma. The City of Tacoma has purchased two of his works
through a juried competition. The collection is accessible online at jwharrington.com.