Timothy Harney

Timothy Harney’s emotionally powerful figurative paintings possess an exceptional formal excellence which propels them beyond the particulars of the scene into the universal, where, with mythic gravity, they model and draw forth viewers’ emotions and experiences.

Harney also paints, draws, and collages landscapes, still-lifes, 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. His figurative subjects are personal, biographical, and invented.

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.

you tube video: figures are “pilgrims”

Past Solo Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
Timothy Harney: Tributaries — New Pictures of My Heart
September 18, 2021November 8, 2021
A solo of exhibition of new and selected paintings and collages by Timothy Harney.
Past Group Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 2023
March 23, 2023 · 5:00 pmMarch 26, 2023 · 6:00 pm
Matthew Swift Gallery will be exhibiting at the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary art fair in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Explicit Color
July 1, 2022August 1, 2022
An exhibition of paintings and sculpture with explicit color: most titles name a color.
Art Miami 2021
November 30, 2021December 5, 2021
Hamptons Fine Art Fair 2021
September 2, 2021September 5, 2021
Matthew Swift Gallery will present work by Peter Lyons, Timothy Harney, Gabrielle Barzaghi, and Kim Radochia.
Still Figuring It Out: Human Figures and ?
June 24, 2021August 2, 2021
A group exhibition of art representing the human figure.
A Closer Look at Still Lifes
March 6, 2021June 21, 2021
A group exhibition exploring the diversity of the tradition of still lifes.
Art Miami 2020
December 1, 2020December 20, 2020
Matthew Swift Gallery is participating in the 2020 edition of the prestigious Art Miami fair, which is exclusively online at Artsy.net this year.
September 5, 2020October 4, 2020
An exhibition for a time of danger and transitions.
Art Palm Beach 2020
January 30, 2020February 3, 2020
Matthew Swift Gallery will show work by gallery artists and a special exhibition of work by Erma Wheeler at Art Palm Beach.
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 2020
January 9, 2020January 12, 2020
Matthew Swift Gallery will show work by gallery artists at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary.
November 23, 2019February 29, 2020
An exhibition which invites you to take a closer look while approaching and beginning the year 2020.
New Series Two
October 10, 2019November 18, 2019
Signature works of art by gallery and guest artists, in harmonious groupings, but without an express theme.
New Series One
August 10, 2019October 7, 2019
The gallery introduces a new name, Matthew Swift Gallery, and a new exhibition format: a group exhibition of individual treasures.