Me Me Me

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Solo shows -

Headless Heroes, Lazarides, London, 2009

Chasing Castles (with Chloe Early), Kinsey/Desforges, Los Angelas, US, 2009

Weekend Warriors, Lazarides, London, 2008

Said The Hero to the Thief, Lazarides , Newcastle, 2008

See-Saw, Lazarides, London, 2006

Quiet Riot, Stolenspace, 2006

Represent!, Tigh Fili, Cork, Ireland, 2004

Liquid Identitly (with Marianne Keating), UCC, Cork, Ireland, 2003

Group Shows -

Hell’s Half Acre, Lazarides/Tunnel 228, London 2010

Eurotrash, Lazarides Beverly Hills, LA, 2010

Inside Paul Smith, Daelim Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2010

The Outsiders, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, 2008

The Outsiders, 282-284 Bowery NY, US, 2008

Fame, Studio Cromie, Grottaglie, Italy, 2008

The Outsiders, Lazarides, London, 2008

The Laz Extravaganza, Lazarides, London, 2008

Opening Show, Lazarides, Newcastle, 2008

Summer Show, Oisin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2007

Summer Show, Stolenspace, London, 2007

BMG Annual, BLK/MRKT Gallery, LA, US, 2007

Swish, Lazarides, London, 2006

Stench, Lazarides, London, 2006

Natural Selection, Alsopp Contemporary, London, 2005

Fiends, Outside Institute, London, 2005

Hard Bodies, Arndean Gallery, London, 2005

In Transit, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, 2004

Artists at the NSC, NSC, Cork, Ireland, 2003

Artist Conor Harrington, was born in Cork, Ireland in 1980. He lives and works in London with his girlfriend, Chloe Early, also a painter. Conor drinks the big pints and Chloe drinks the little ones.

The following Qs come courtesy of JJ O Donoghue from the legendary site for time wasters Out of Site


1. Why did you become an artist?

Because I’m not much good at anything else. Well actually I make really good cups of tea.

2. Are you a graffiti artist, a figurative painter, or simply a painter?

A painter first and foremost. If you asked me that 10 years ago I would have said a graffiti writer but now as I get older I’m trying to shake off all those labels. It’s a strange position for a lot of us these days. We come from graffiti and street art but now we want to move beyond that. Thats why I like the term post-graffiti a lot. It sounds pretentious but its the label that I find most accurate really. I used to do graffiti. now I paint. But I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now if I hadn’t painted on the streets. Simple.

3. What attracted you to graffiti and what age did you first hit the mean streets of Cork?

I saw my first graffiti piece in National Geographic magazine when I was 12. I had never seen anything like it. It was alien to me. At the same time my friend gave me a copy of Public Enemy’s ‘Takes a Nation of Millions…’ album so there was this other world opening up before me. I did my first piece in October 1994 with my brother and buddy. Kev did a K, Ed did an E and I did a C. Progressive stuff. The boys gave up soon after but I was hooked. As cliched as it sounds, it changed my life and was my first love. Aww.

artattack‘ART Attack’, Cork, 1996

4. Being from Cork too, I can hardly remember one single piece of grafitti in the eighties and into the nineties, although I am sure there was. Did you ever wish you were somewhere else, like New York where there was a scene and crews?

What, I thought I was all city? Did I not wreck your neighbourhood? Obviously not. Yeah at the time I totally wished I was living somewhere else. There was no one really doing anything. I know there was activity before my time and a few people tagging a little but there was nothing substantial while I was coming up. My buddy Tribe was very active but he was more into bombing where as I wanted to do pieces.

I was completely directionless. I had nobody to show me the ropes and had absolutely no reference point. But with the benefit of hindsight I can see how beneficial the isolation was for me. I never really got dragged into the strict doctrine of graffiti. For something supposedly so free, it’s overpowering rules and codes of conduct are killing the spontanaeity of the artform. I had nobody to tell me what to do and I think that has informed my leftfield approach to this scene.

abc-gaa‘ABC’ (Artists Beyond Control), Bishopstown GAA, Cork, 1997

5. You ever got caught by the Gardai (Irish police)?

Yeah a few times. The first time I got caught they put me in the cell for the night. We had been seen tagging by a passer by who must have had the only mobile phone in Ireland at the time and he rang the Gardai. We were sitting in Abrakebabra enjoying a feed of chips when about 4 of them surrounded our table and marched us out in single file. Foolishly they let us walk ahead of them so the first 2 lads made a run for it while me and Tribe were grabbed, thrown against the car and handcuffed. Bundled into the back seat and driven off with the lights flashing and sirens screaming. The guard in the passenger seat turned around and as would only happen in Ireland, I recognized him as being my school buddies Dad.

I met Solo One in 1998 and he told me if I ever get caught by the police to always treat them with respect and you’ll be fine. I did this on other occasions and always got let off and they never even took my paint off me.

The best thing about being a writer in Cork was that the police didn’t understand what graffiti was. They didn’t realize that if you do it once, chances are you’ll do it the next night and the next night.

who-gaa‘WHO’, Bishopstown GAA, Cork, 1997

More to come….. check back tomorrow……..I’m too lazy to answer all the Qs at once….

26 Responses to “Me Me Me”

  1. Acerone Says:

    Awesome work Conor, an inspiration.
    Respect is due!
    Acer

  2. Emma Clifford Says:

    Love love Lovee! your work conor; really inspiring…can i ask you where did you find your muse for your recent works? Also do you refer back to the great masters to give you inspiration when painting the more figurative things??

    massive fan
    Em

  3. Luke Says:

    Love your masters of the universe painting… stunning. The paint for that must have cost a bomb. Check out my stuff at http://www.peksy.co.uk
    keep it up
    Luke

  4. Phil Says:

    hey – feeling your stuff at the Lazarides, some are on the blog for a day or two but if you want some, holla and ill email some over, shot the piece in the basement at the other gallery too:

    http://printtemple.blogspot.com/

    good’un

    P

  5. billy craven Says:

    recently visited NYC. totally amazed by that piece you did in meatpacking district! are you on twitter?
    cheers.
    billy in chicago

  6. Wayne W Says:

    I found you through Woorster collective site. I like what you do!
    Regards,
    Wayne

  7. Gino Herryansyah Says:

    Impressive works Mr. Connor!!

    Salute from Indonesia!

  8. jeremyG Says:

    great stuff..like your work a lot

    jeremyg.moonfruit.com

  9. John C Says:

    Blinding stuff…I’m actually using you as one of my artists for inspiration for a Mixed Media project ( Graphic design nat dip ).

    wicked expressionism – love the “The Rum and Raisin OfIrish Society”. wicked !

    anyway, fair play for the inspiration…that’s what life is about.

  10. tomomi Says:

    Hi Conor,

    i really like the painting on the wall in Italy; good luck with your show. And please come to Japan to paint (with Chloe) ((my apartment)).

    Matane,
    Tomomi

  11. Amrita Says:

    your artwork is beautiful…I love the wall you painted at the walsall gallery!

  12. John Horgan Says:

    Your graffiti is amazing, have yoany more pictures of your graffiti?

  13. conorsaysboom Says:

    Thanks John, do you mean my old letter pieces? I should have quite a few flicks lying around but they’re possibly at home in Cork in a shoebox. I had a disk with my first few pieces from 94 on it but I’ve lost it. Doh.

  14. Conor Harrington Says:

    [...] fight the label of graffiti artist and emerge into that of a painter. There’s a really great Q&A with Conor on his blog where you can also view much more of his work and his process. Insanely [...]

  15. Irina Trostianetzky Says:

    Just got introduced to your work and it really caught my interest.
    I love how you don’t “choose” 1 element in your pieces but rather bring unrelated subjects together, and it works.

  16. bajesus Says:

    i absolutely love your work… it’s a gorgeous mess!

    • andrewcork Says:

      Brings back some great memories of Cork graffiti. Seems to be going through a bit of a resurgance. I can remember a big article in the examiner in about 92 about the rise of graffii in Cork. Can remember Sprog, Mosh, Orion being pretty prolific at the time.

  17. nicky Says:

    Cool work. I teach art at a boys school in NZ and they are loving your art!

  18. bernadotte Says:

    Hi Connor,
    I really love your work too!!
    May be we will see on a show about street art .. Can we make an exchange of works?
    good continuation!
    See you!

    Cedric

  19. Harvey Says:

    Hey Connor,

    Hope all is good with you. Its great to see that you are doing well and still involved in the art scene. You allways struck me as a person with great determination.

    Nice one

    DJ Harvey

  20. KT Says:

    I found your blog quite randomly, actually. I love your talent. Very refreshing. I’d love to learn more about the types of things you’re involved with.

    -Katie

  21. unnie Says:

    One of the Dalys from Glasheen here, Dara was telling me you were doing well so wanted to wish you more wellness etc. Used to walk to Bishopstown via the South Link just to look at the graffiti :). Keep up the good work!

  22. moenipulation Says:

    Inspirational, elegant and a pleasure to purvey.

  23. Junkie Says:

    Absolutely amazing work. TOTALLY envious.

  24. bob keating Says:

    wonderful work,a real artistic adventure.Well done .
    Bob.

  25. Gerry Scullion Says:

    Just popped by as I was talking to a friend about graffiti and googled you. Man you’re work is unreal.

    Keep up the great work –

    Ger S. (Pool Champion Kilkee Lodge ’98-’99)

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