New paintings inspired by the Arab Spring and revolution throughout history from Irish Artist Fintan Switzer’s new exhibition ‘Guerrillas In The Mist’ which sold out last month. An Artist to keep an eye out for, especially if you’re into Conor Harrington or Aaron Nagel’s work.
I saw one of Yola’s large scale collages pasted on the side of the Hackney Bureau today. I really like her style, a little nod to the baroque with everyday people in epic scenes and some religious iconography. There’s also a Conor Harrington piece on the gable next to the cafe, you can see a little bit of it below. Hopefully be seeing lots more new stuff since my move to London.
Photo real street art from Killarney (Ireland) based creative Fintan Switzer. Fintan is also featured in the new book Inside ‘Out: Street/Art in Ireland’ features work and comments by Irish artists such as Conor Harrington, Maser, DMC, Katie Holten and ADW and International artists D*Face, Shepard Fairey, Phlegm, Mark Jenkins and C215.
New work from Irish Artist Conor Harrington. These 3 paintings were done in conjunction with the 13th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
“In a way, I’ve always thought Belfast was the last place I could paint. They have such a strong tradition of sectarian murals depicting political and historical scenes from both an Irish Nationalist and British Loyalist agenda and although my work has vastly different intentions, my imagery could be perceived as being closer to 1 side of that political divide.”
“Harrington’s choice of materials—oil on canvas paired with spray paint—highlights the establishment and its downfall, a consistent theme from his previous work. His scenes so carefully constructed and beautifully rendered, Harrington thinks nothing of brandishing a can of bitumen black spray paint and vandalizing his own careful creation. The dialogue between graffiti and traditional fine art, abstraction and realism form the backbone of his continuing output.”
Conor’s solo exhibition includes 8 large scale paintings and 24 small studies. ‘Dead Meat’ runs until the 2nd of April 2012. Watch the video below by Andrew Telling, ‘Black Herds of The Rain’ it is a film documenting Conor Harrington’s trip home to Ireland in the summer of 2011 to paint 3 walls. The journey and subsequent paintings are inspired by Austin Clarke’s poem The Lost Heifer. Conor Harrington will be taking part in Offset in Dublin this weekend, he’ll be presenting his work on Sunday at 4pm.