Conor Harrington has garnered worldwide recognition for his dramatic works fusing street art motifs with ambitious realist painting. His prolific large-scale mural work, blockbuster canvases and opulent print editions represent some of the most compelling contemporary art on display today.
The artist blends period signifiers with contemporary elements, creating complex compositions that employ the poignancy of the past to stress the importance of present-day events. The 2008 exhibition Weekend Warriors put modern-day military re-enactment enthusiasts in the uniforms of Europe’s 16th century clashes with the Ottoman Empire, amongst other resonant conflicts. 2012’s landmark Dead Meat show at Lazarides Rathbone used Regency-era costumes on contemporary models, including lad's mag pin-up models for the female nudes, to tell the story of a hedonistic banquet signifying the end of global Anglo-Saxon influence in the present day. The pieces are peppered with metaphorical visual cues in the manner of a Renaissance-era old master painting.
Conor's most recent exhibition showcasing his preliminary study paintings, A Whole Lot of Trouble for a Little Bit of Win, took place at The Outsiders London in 2013.
Born in Cork, Ireland, Conor Harrington now works from his east London studio but he's active all over the planet.