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15 Aug Oh Really Magazine, issue 4

This is such a nice little magazine. It arrived in my post box a while back but of course I’m too lazy to stay on top of this blog thing. Anyway, I opened the envelop to find a beautiful A5 zine bound with a strip of stained canvas attached to the cover with pieces of masking tape. I wish every magazine looked like this. To find out more take a peak here.

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15 Jul Fame Festival, Grottaglie, Italy.

Also deleted by my internet gremlins was my post about my 10 days spent in the south of Italy painting with the lovely people at Studio Cromie. Many thanks to Angelo and his family for making us all feel so welcome and for sending us back to London with much bigger bellies.

 

Spent 2 days painting in this old abandoned monastery outside the town. The lads dropped me off each morning with a gallon of water and monstrous paninis to keep me going. Its amazing how an abandoned building can make so much noise. I swear I wasn’t scared. But apart from the Italian ghosts taking an immediate dislike to me, this was by far the best location I have ever painted in.

 

Managed to squeeze in a piece on the wall of Studio Cromie HQ.

 

Grottaglie is a town with a very strong ceramic tradition going back centuries. I gave it a go. Might be best to stick to painting.

 

I swear these guys are the Mafia.

 

 

No trip to Italy would be complete without food. This outdoor oven is where The Goodness is made.

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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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