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Nicholas Harrington is an artist and designer. 

His work is a meditation on geometry and the process of transformation, lifting principles from Modernism, Zen and Alchemy. Through architecture he attempts to create spaces that are both spiritually uplifting and cheap, playing with themes of proportion, colour and the balance of opposites. Likewise 
his love for creating jewellery comes from an enjoyment of both designing and making: it is a process of rearranging materials, which have been in the earth for millions of years and will be here long after us. He frequently uses offcuts and discarded materials as starting-points and works regularly with recycled silver, a metal that continually delights and fascinates him. 

He gained an Honours Degree and Diploma in Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, where he was awarded a travelling scholarship to research the work of Eileen Gray and Charlotte Perriand. He then worked on several building projects with architect Robin Webster. He gained a Higher National Diploma in Jewellery Design at the City of Glasgow College and has since spent time working in Kyoto, Oaxaca and Vienna.

In 2010 he became artist assistant to Alasdair Gray and worked closely with him until his death in 2019, producing many paintings and book illustrations as well as public murals. Since 2013 he has regularly worked with artist Richard Wright and has travelled internationally with him, completing large installations of gold and silver leaf in museums, galleries and public spaces.

He lives in Glasgow.