Addington has lived and worked in Chicago since 1993 after receiving a BA in Art and Theatre from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA; an MA in Art from Arkansas State University; and an MFA in Painting from Illinois State University in Bloomington/Normal. His work is based on his recent travels throughout Europe and has been shown in group and solo exhibitions across the United States. He is represented by Linstrom+Matre Gallery in Atlanta, Malton Gallery in Cincinnati, and the Rymer Gallery in Nashville.


In Chicago, his work has been shown in numerous venues, including the Chicago Cultural Center, Contemporary Art Workshop, and various university galleries and suburban fine art centers. He has served as guest lecturer and visiting artist at colleges across the Midwest, recently exhibiting work and conducting guest artist workshops at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, Ball State University in Indiana, John Brown University, and Arkansas State University. Addington is known for his work with wax and tar, and often lectures on encaustic painting, an ancient technique that involves molten beeswax.


In addition to his role as practicing artist, Addington has worked as a gallery director and curator since receiving his MFA. He became a partner at Gwenda Jay/Addington Gallery, Chicago, in the late 1990s, and became sole owner in 2007, changing the name to Addington Gallery. Addington has recently sat on panels and lectured about his work and other art-related topics at Loyola Museum of Art, the St. Louis Art Center, the Karitos National Conference on Art and Spirituality, and the Chicago Artists Coalition, and currently sits on the board of the Chicago Artists Coalition. He has recently served as juror for exhibitions at the St. Louis Art Center, The Hyde Park Art Center, Southeast Missouri State University Galleries, the City of Chicago Artist Assistance Grants Competition, and the Loyola National Works on Paper Competition.