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Brentwood artist to share career journey

Feb 27, 2012, 1:44 p.m.
"The Widower," oil on canvas, 40" x 30", by Paul Harmon Paul Harmon

— Internationally exhibited Brentwood artist Paul Harmon will share his career journey in art at "Art: Up Close & Personal" on Monday, March 12, 2012 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at the Williamson County Public Library.

Harmon's art education began early in his childhood. He recounts, "My grandmother was a painter ... a really great one ... and as she lived in the same neighborhood as my parents, I spent a lot of time as a child in her home and studio."

Harmon also took a few summer art classes as a child. "That's about it for art education, but it was a good one," he commented.

For 11 years, from 1986 until early 1998, Harmon divided his time between permanent studio/residences in Paris, France and Brentwood. Harmon's work is in collections in the Tennessee State Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Museum of the Principality of Monaco and the city of Caen, France.

Harmon is the recipient of many major international painting awards, including the Prix de la Ville de Monaco and the Prix de la Sociėtė E.J.A. at the XXIV Prix International D'Art Contemporain de Monte-Carlo. The Harmon painting, Walking Man, from this exhibition/competition was chosen by Her Serene Highness, Princess Caroline of Monaco for her private collection. In connection with the Prix de las Ville de Monaco, a canvas was commissioned by the Principality of Monaco for its permanent collection.

A comprehensive book, “Paul Harmon: Crossing Borders,” is now in print. This 360-page color volume covers canvases from 1961 to mid-2009. Over 526 paintings are featured along with an essay by Art Historian Robert L. McGrath, professor of art history, emeritus, Dartmouth University.

Harmon's work is also featured in the Elmore Leonard Showtime movie, "Pronto," directed by Jim McBride and starring Peter Falk, Glenne Headly and James LeGros.

Today, Harmon lives and works in a 1793 National Register of Historic Places farmhouse and studio in Brentwood. To see Harmon's work, please visit www.paulharmon.com.

"Art: Up Close & Personal" is a lecture series and free educational program of the Arts Council of Williamson County (ACWC). Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the event or the ACWC, visit www.artscouncilwc.org or call 615-428-3845. The series is underwritten in part by The Arts Build Communities program, which is funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

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