Harry C. Doolittle

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Harry C. Doolittle was born September 17, 1923 in Chicago. He grew up in Winnetka, a Chicago suburb, and graduated from Northwestern University. Doolittle is a self-taught artist who began painting in 1969 while a copywriter/creative director at one of America’s leading advertising agencies.

Doolittle’s first show, featuring twenty works, was in 1978 in Evansville, Indiana. It completely sold out. Similar successes followed with two shows in 1980 in Harare, Zimbabwe and Johannesburg, South Africa, where Doolittle was creative director for an American-based ad agency.

The colorful mixed-media images that Doolittle creates are rooted in the whimsical, the decorative, and the meditative. An article in Art Spectrum notes that the “symmetry of acrylics, glass, aluminum, and brass lead creates richly-textured scintillating compositions.” According to Doolittle, these paintings can be hung vertically, horizontally, or even upside-down; the abstract shapes and colors maintain their brilliance in any orientation.

What is most unique about Doolittle’s oeuvre is his use of glass. Each colored glass element functions like a mirror that both absorbs and reflects light, thus adding a three-dimensional depth to the artwork. Images that the artist never intended to be in the paintings appear; the face of the viewer, the lights in the room, the surroundings in which the painting hangs.

Another collage feature that’s distinctive about Doolittle’s work is his addition of gold (brass) and silver (aluminum) leaf. According to Doolittle, gold stands for the yin (male) and silver for the yang (female) that is in each of us. Every single one of his current pieces contains both silver and gold.

Doolittle’s abstract assemblages have been bought by numerous collectors all over the world. He has evolved his own distinctive style over four decates, resulting in formal configurations that are unlike anything else in recent and past art. Each artwork is a precisely composed jewel that comes alive on the wall and can only truly be appreciated when viewed in person.

Doolittle and his wife Misook, of the renowned fashion firm, Exclusively Misook, have been married for twenty-eight years and reside in Scarsdale, New York.


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Harry C. Doolittle was born September 17, 1923 in Chicago. He grew up in Winnetka, a Chicago suburb, and graduated from Northwestern University. Doolittle is a self-taught artist who began painting in 1969 while a copywriter/creative director at one of America’s leading advertising agencies.

Doolittle’s first show, featuring twenty works, was in 1978 in Evansville, Indiana. It completely sold out. Similar successes followed with two shows in 1980 in Harare, Zimbabwe and Johannesburg, South Africa, where Doolittle was creative director for an American-based ad agency.

The colorful mixed-media images that Doolittle creates are rooted in the whimsical, the decorative, and the meditative. An article in Art Spectrum notes that the “symmetry of acrylics, glass, aluminum, and brass lead creates richly-textured scintillating compositions.” According to Doolittle, these paintings can be hung vertically, horizontally, or even upside-down; the abstract shapes and colors maintain their brilliance in any orientation.

What is most unique about Doolittle’s oeuvre is his use of glass. Each colored glass element functions like a mirror that both absorbs and reflects light, thus adding a three-dimensional depth to the artwork. Images that the artist never intended to be in the paintings appear; the face of the viewer, the lights in the room, the surroundings in which the painting hangs.

Another collage feature that’s distinctive about Doolittle’s work is his addition of gold (brass) and silver (aluminum) leaf. According to Doolittle, gold stands for the yin (male) and silver for the yang (female) that is in each of us. Every single one of his current pieces contains both silver and gold.

Doolittle’s abstract assemblages have been bought by numerous collectors all over the world. He has evolved his own distinctive style over four decates, resulting in formal configurations that are unlike anything else in recent and past art. Each artwork is a precisely composed jewel that comes alive on the wall and can only truly be appreciated when viewed in person.

Doolittle and his wife Misook, of the renowned fashion firm, Exclusively Misook, have been married for twenty-eight years and reside in Scarsdale, New York.


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