StreetArtNews visited Irish street artist Conor Harrington in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he is creating a new mural. Invited by Los Muros Hablan festival he was asked to create one more of his magnificent art works.
The Cork born former graffiti artist has come a long way since tagging ART ATTACK on the walls of his Irish birth town. Now Conor Harrington creates street art masterpieces. Nevertheless the graffiti influence is clearly visible. His murals are a blend of realistic figurines and classic graffiti abstractions. This style mix is enhanced by the contrasts he likes working with. For Conor Harrington, placing his paintings in the middle of two classical graffiti writings is only one means of creating understandable opposites. The term “paintings” is used deliberately. Connor Harrington describes himself as a painter first and foremost. This has however, not always been the case. Ten years ago he would have still described himself a graffiti writer. Now he is trying to rid himself of these tags, to enhance his art. Using the term post-graffiti is what he does himself, for us it is fine art that evolved from street art. Conor Harrington is one of the significant figures of a group of street artist broadening the scope of this urban art form and as in his case even into the fine arts. This perception is elevated by the fact that his paintings remind us of the renaissance. Conor Harrington paints 16th century British swordsmen on the walls of London’s Whitecross Street or in the cathedral quarter in Northern Irish Belfast. Conor continues to do this, at the moment on the walls of Universidad de Puerto Rico in Rio Pedras. This time, however there are no swordsmen we can marvel upon, but of a death by a rose. Staying true to the historical theme that makes Conor Harrington a distinctive and distinguished artist.
More pictures here. StreetArtNews