Neal Harrington was born in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1973. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (emphasis in painting) in 1998. Mr. Harrington then recently married, followed his wife to graduate school in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated in 2001 with a Master of Fine Arts degree (emphasis in printmaking) from Wichita State University. Currently Neal, Tammy and their two children live in Russellville, Arkansas.
Printmaking, in particular relief, is my primary means of exploration in the visual arts. The content of my work fuses the rich tradition of Greek/Roman mythologies with an American Roots Music perspective. These visual ballads sing out in their symbolism, narrative, and energetic atmospheres. My work balances a multifaceted investigation of independence and mystical narratives. These themes can be found in The Bootlegger’s Ballad series and the pulp novel/comic pinup imagery of The American Goddesses series. The bold and graphic marks of the woodcut/relief technique reiterate the tension and energy of the figures in these works. In my Bootlegger series, I create an intensified atmosphere and an amplified dramatic sense of light with the addition of India ink washes. The shades of gray either softens the focus or strengthens the focal point and contributes to the dreamlike quality of the piece.