Zach Harrington

Artist Statement

Formal elements such as color, line, shape, medium, substrate, pictorial space, pattern, texture, composition, and value are as important as Ribonucleic acid and Deoxyribonucleic acid. RNA and DNA are present in every living organism and life is not possible without these building block proteins. My painting process and its results revolve around a strict focus on formal elements and principles as building blocks, which precede any outside concepts. These are the qualities which lie at the core of my work. In an attempt to apply the traditional essence of surviving formalist and expressionist ideas to and within contemporary painting, I creatively explore and experiment with form and form alone. A great deal of the drawing work that I do stems from an interest in movement and perspective, as well as abstract and semi-surreal ideas. Most of my explorations in digital media revolve around a separate interest in history and popular culture.


Zach Harrington was born in Upstate New York in 1996 and has resided within the Empire state ever since. He has been a student of fine art for close to four years. He holds an Associate in Sciences (Fine Art) degree from Hudson Valley Community College. In May 2018, he earned pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art at Cazenovia College, in Cazenovia, NY. He is currently working as an emerging artist in New York State.