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12 Jul Swindle Magazine, issue 16 – featuring moi

The gremlins living inside my computer managed to delete my last few blog entries so seeing as my blog is actually the most widely read and regularly updated blog on the planet I thought it best to get it all back on track. Rumour has it Obama won’t write a speech until first checking in to see whats going on here at Conorharrington.com. 
So to back track a little, here is a pic of the feature that Swindle did on me for their London issue. Also featured are fellow artists Sarah Maple, Eine, Cept and some lad called Damien Hirst. Nice.

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05 May Said the Hero to the Thief – Lazarides Gallery, Newcastle.

 

Back from Siena and straight up north for my show at Lazarides Newcastle, my first time showing exclusively abstract work.

Said the Hero to the Thief refers to a conversation between two opposing forces, with each painting appearing as snippets of dialogue. Heroes and thieves are social types at opposite ends of the spectrum and I gave them all latin titles to heighten that idea of heroism and Godliness. The Thief refers to society’s attitude to graffiti.

 

 

Malum Discordiae (Apple of Discord)

 

Saturnalia

 

Downstairs installation..

 

Downstairs installation..

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27 Apr Bright Disorder, Siena

In April i was invited to the beautiful Italian city of Siena to paint for 2 days as part of Bright Disorder with such Italian luminaries as Rae Martini, Pho, Filippo Minelli, Verbo, Bros, Etnik and Francesco Pogliaghi.

Thankfully the Italians share my life philosophy that after art, one cannot get through the day without good food and wine. So a big thankyou to Lodo and the crew for keeping this Irish boy’s belly full of the finest Tuscan food and juice of the Gods

Mmmmn, the goodness..

 

After a few days of wine and cinghiale it was time to do some work. Day 1 involved painting in the incredible atelier at the Museo di Santa Maria della Scala. I still can’t get used to my studio after spending a day painting in such a historic space. And for an artist that spends all day everyday painting by myself in my studio, it was cool to work alongside such leading Italian artists, although Rae Martini did scare the shit out of me when he set fire to his canvas.

 

Day 2 was terrifying. All 8 paintings were carried out to the Piazza Il Campo for us to finish them. Thankfully gelato’s were never far away.

 

Italian art critics are notoriously harsh.

 

Finito.

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07 Mar Painted Print

 

I’ve spent the last few days painting 25 prints. I’ve never been fully convinced by prints, especially large editions when the artist has little or no imput in the actual print process. To reconcile my guilt, I’ve worked on top of these prints with oil and aerosol and I think they are all the better for it. Perhaps I should keep this as a print rule in future. I’ll post up all 25 once they’re good to go..

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05 Mar Print – The Carnival Goes On

And finally, my print is ready. This has been such a long time coming, hence the older image chosen. I started work on this print last April, at the time I had been working on the Roman Empire as subject. Alas, things always take a bloody age with me so here it is 10 months later. I know it doesnt fit completely with my Weekend Warriors work, but thats only in costume. The idea and execution is there, and there are rumours on the battlefield that a Napoleonic print is on the march. So here she is, my 8 colour Roman screenprint, the original empire and the biggest carnival of em all.

 

 

 

 

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