Conor Harrington is fortunate to be able to express himself on walls around the world, but his work seldom goes under the hammer on this side of the Channel.
Conor Harrington (born 1980), Holy Smoke Quintet (Part Four), 2010, oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 152 x 213 cm (59.85 x 83.86 in).
This large work is representative of Conor Harrington's style: a fusion of classical painting and street art reflecting his interest in Renaissance artists and the great masters of expressionism. Man is omnipresent in his baroque, phantasmagorical world, a reinterpretation of past wars.
“I was in Bethlehem and Jerusalem earlier this year and it looks like the Middle East/US/West/Terrorism/Jihad saga is going to go on forever and ever and ever, so I thought this was the right time to stick my oar in […]. I’ve also been reading up a little on the Crusades, so these paintings are something to do with them," says the native of Cork, Ireland. This composition is one of five pieces created for the 2010 show "Hell's Half Acre" at the Old Vic Tunnels in London. The installation’s theme was Dante’s Divine Comedy. Everyone was free to do what they wanted with it.
Two mixed media works by Shepard Fairey deserve special mention: one is on a Gibson guitar dated 2004, Jimi Hendrix Collection, recalling the artist’s passion for the musician (€8,000/12,000), the other, on canvas, Dee Ramone, a 2016 homage to the New York punk rocker who died in 2002 (€45,000/55,000).