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 Harry McCormick  (1942 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/New Jersey      Known for: photo-real portrait painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Harry McCormick
1942 (Bayonne, New Jersey)
New York/New Jersey

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Harry McCormick is a realist painter, who focuses on the evocation of light and shadow, especially in a series of landmark restaurants in New York City where he tries to captures the mood and atmosphere of some of some of the most inter-esting dining spots in the city.

Throughout the ages artists have enjoyed painting the cafe and restaurant life of major metropolitan cities.  We are now participating in a decade where some art professionals are concluding that the art center of the world has shifted from Paris to New York, and with this shift of cultural interest we find this city being the subject of more and more contemporary paintings.  It has developed a whole genre of urban artist who regard New York City as both a personal statement and a cultural phenomena.

McCormick's portraits are of anonymous citizens who inhabit its canyons.  It may be two young women musing between cups of coffee in a sumptuous romantic salon; a solitary man ruminating in a meticulously restored Victorian tavern; or the old meeting the new in an art deco diner.

McCormick is especially sensitive to the "climate" of the city and illustrates a re- strained respect for the citizens of New York.  Through McCormick's paintings, he hopes that viewers can participate in the lazy afternoons and repose of the Big Apple.


1975 DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Mass.
1972 St. Mary's College of Maryland
1966 Mark of the Phoenix Gallery, New York
1966-67 University of Maryland, Heckscher Museum, Huntington,
1965-66 Newark Museum, Newark, N.J.
1965 One Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y
Newark Museum, Newark, N.J.
The University of Southern Illinois
Jesse Besser Museum, Mich.
Canton Art Institute, Canton, Ohio
Fairleigh Dickenson University,
Rutherford, N.J.
Southern Illinois University
Charles B. Godard Art Center,
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Griffith Art Center, St. Lawrence
University, Canton, Ohio
Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
Vatican Collection, Rome, Italy
St. Mary's College of Maryland
University of Wyoming of Art,
Laramie, Wy.
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Al.
Wichita State University, Wichita, Ks.
Charles Rand Penney Foundation, New York

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