The Paintings

Rick Harlow emerged in the ’80s as one of Boston’s leading epic abstractionists. In his paintings one finds a deep respect for the beauty and grandeur of the Amazon rainforest. For over 30 years, Rick has balanced his time between frequent trips to Colombia to work with indigenous communities, and his career as an exhibiting artist. Rick’s Bio

Paintings by decade: 2010s  |  2000s  |  1990s  |  1980s

The Burial

The Burial. Oil on canvas. 75 x 95in. 2016.

What’s New

Exhibition from May 4 – June 17, 2018 at the Eclipse Gallery, 243 Union St, North Adams MA.
Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 12-5 PM. You can also come anytime by appointment, just call so I know you’re coming: my cell phone is 617 501 4870.
For more information visit the Facebook event page.
I’ve written a statement about the new work on Facebook: Read it here.
The Berkshire Edge has published a review of the exhibition: ART REVIEW: ‘Landscape of Energy’ at the Eclipse Mill Gallery

Work In Colombia


For millenia, the Kogi, Arhuaco and Wiwa peoples have considered themselves the caretakers of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range in Colombia. The elders have expressed an urgent need to preserve their spiritual traditions in the face of ecological challenges to their homeland. With Rick’s help, and that of Barbara Threecrow, “The Elders Project” emerged.

Rick, Mamo Norberto and Family. February, 2010.

The Elders Project

The mission of The Elders Project is to work with and provide assistance and support to the traditional authorities (Mamos) of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta for projects aimed at strengthening their traditional practices. Learn more here or visit EarthAction.org.

In The Press:


100 Boston Painters

Rick is featured in this beautiful illustrated book by Arts Professor Chawky Frenn celebrating Boston’s vibrant tradition of painting.
View on Amazon.com

MAPS: Spring 2009

From The Inside Out is featured on the cover of the Spring 2009 issue of MAPS Bulletin: “Special Edition: Psychedelics and Ecology”. See this MAPS issue online.

Audobon: October 2000

“The Shaman of Colors” is a great article by Steve Nadis describing the formation of the Yaigoje-Apaporis Papermaking Project (YAPP). Read the article here.