Timothy Harney’s emotionally powerful figurative paintings possess a remarkable formal excellence which propels them beyond the particulars of the scene into the universal, where they model and draw forth viewers’ emotions and experiences.
Harney’s subjects are personal (self and family), biographical (often other artists), and invented strangers.
He also paints (or draws, or collages) landscapes and exquisite abstracts following the same formal principles, but without human figures.
All his work possesses carefully balanced and directed colors and forms which fill the canvas or paper to the edge.
Harney attended UMass Amherst and since the mid-1980s has taught painting and drawing at New England colleges and universities. Since 2001 he has been an Associate Professor at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly MA.
Timothy’s Harney’s figurative paintings are a form of psychological portraiture. Often the subjects are personally known to the artist or persons from art history which Harney explores imaginatively with a sensitivity and depth achieved through meticulously constructed aesthetic schemes of composition, color, and form, an approach he brings also to still lifes and non-objective collage. Both intimate and universal, Harney’s portraits possess a mythical, archetypal gravity.
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Current & Planned
Past Group Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
September 5, 2020 – October 4, 2020
An exhibition for a time of danger and transitions.
November 23, 2019 – February 29, 2020
An exhibition which invites you to take a closer look while approaching and beginning the year 2020.
New Series Two
October 10, 2019 – November 18, 2019
Signature works of art by gallery and guest artists, in harmonious groupings, but without an express theme.
New Series One
August 10, 2019 – October 7, 2019
The gallery introduces a new name, Matthew Swift Gallery, and a new exhibition format: a group exhibition of individual treasures.