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Mia Farrington’s paintings envision colors as calculated, self-contained worlds that elegantly brush up against each other as calm, constant totems. The Portland-based artist experiments with the relationships between adjacent and contrasting hues through organic, solid shapes that create language through vivid juxtaposition. Artworks titled after their central color poise a distillation of intangible feeling— cerulean forms over a beige backdrop elicit mornings in a quiet forest, deep blues invoke the opalescent flow of a trickling creek. Often inspired by the unique shades of nature, Farrington magnifies complex systems to their naked essence. Her compositions pull the viewer into the ebbing relationships of pigment with a restrained urgency, defamiliarizing everyday color as a revelatory miracle.
Mia Farrington was born in Vermont and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She received a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in painting and minor in Art History from the University of Vermont in 2004. Farrington’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Portland, New York, and North Carolina. Her work is in numerous public and commercial including the Alexis and Andra Hotels in Seattle, and in private collections throughout the US.