Conor Harrington’s New classical

Conor Harrington is a former graffiti artist and now painter from Ireland that combines the aesthetics of classical art with a contemporary twist. In his work he paints his subjects in a realistic and classical manner and juxtaposes them with the modern abstractions and motif of graffiti such a dripping paint and sporadic paint strokes. The majority of the time he depicts the male figure in the position of power and showcases male masculinity in the same that old classical paintings depicted men as stern, high class, and composed. Combined with vagueness of abstractions Harrington uses this a a comment on male identity and roles on society. While Harrington usually paints on more tradition surfaces such a canvas he is more known for his use of space with the murals he paints, using the shape of the wall and buildings as the shape of his giant canvas and composition.

 

 

 

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Works Cited: http://www.streetartbio.com/#!about-conor-harrington-bio/cnt1

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