JJ Harrington Gallery
"There is beauty in everything, but not everyone sees it"
Art, Sculpture, Fine Art Photography & Custom Furnishings
At JJ Harrington Gallery, we maintain a synergistic relationship between clients and the artists we represent. As curators of fine art, WE look beyond our individual tastes and remain open to all possibilities. we exhibit the work of emerging, mid-career, and established artists, offering a great range and selection of styles and media. The artists we represent have demonstrated their commitment to their medium and craftsmanship while maintaining the highest degree of integrity and professionalism.
Art has been my Muse for as long as I can remember. According to my mother, I began creating art at two years of age when she placed a crayon in my hand and encouraged me to draw. Throughout my school years, my love of art expanded and while I was in high school two of my teachers nurtured and mentored my talents. They introduced me to a world of art exhibits, galleries, and museums which led me to explore and experiment with oils, acrylics, collage, and mixed media.
After completing a 2-year junior college arty program, and with my teacher's encouragement, I submitted my portfolio to the prestigious Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. I was accepted on a scholarship to their four-year master's program. The same summer in 1968, I was offered another tempting but conflicting opportunity to join the world-famous Jose Greco Dance Company. I made a difficult decision and put my art aspirations on hold while I toured the world as a professional Flamenco dancer. I had started studying Flamenco in Los Angeles at the age of 16 but never thought it would end up guiding my life for the next 55 years! Throughout those years I was fortunate to enjoy success not only as a dancer but also as a choreographer, singer and teacher.
Somehow, throughout my dance and music years, I always found time to return to my early artistic roots and create art. During that period I created several commissioned residential and commercial works. And now that I've set dance and music aside I've come full circle to pursue my life-long passion for art. Besides painting, I'm currently exploring photography and the expansive possibilities of incorporating that into my artistic visions. I've created a large library of abstract digital designs but my primary artistic passion is painting and expressing myself through different mediums and application techniques. I consider myself an ABEX (abstract expressionism) artist who showcases his eye for color, composition, and design. I've recently moved to Rancho Mirage and I find living here to be very inspirational to my particular style of art. I'm a big fan of mid-century modern design and its sense of stylistic influence can be found in many of my recent works.