Conor Harrington

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Conor Harrington, 2010

Conor Harrington (born 1980[1]) is an Irish-born street/graffiti artist based in London, England.[2][3]


Harrington is known for both his street work and also more recently his gallery work.[4] He has taken in the notion that with his outdoors work, the bigger the piece or mural, the bigger the impact and better influence on the viewer looking at it. He considers himself as neither a street artist or gallery artist and more of just a painter.[4] His work is a mixture of classical and contemporary art, blending the two together into a new and inventive way of art.[5]

Early life[edit]

Conor Harrington was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1980.[6] He started his career in his teenage years tagging and doing graffiti anywhere he could in the streets of Ireland. Most of these nights were called hip-hop nights, where he would hang out with the DJs and MCs from around the country at clubs in 1990s Ireland.[4]


Conor Harrington attended Limerick School of Art and Design and graduated in 2002 with his Bachelors of Fine Arts.[6]

Harrington uses realistic images of people and combines them with abstract elements that incorporate a meaning and story that relate to the events unfolding at the time. His pieces have been called dreamlike with the balance between the senses and then the realism of the figures in the piece.[5]

Harrington's 2008 Weekend Warriors Exhibition was the first time he used historical signifiers and costumes in his work to portray and reflect on current affairs in society.[5]

Fight Club by Conor Harrington in Dulwich, south London, inspired by Massacre of the Innocents by Charles Le Brun in Dulwich Picture Gallery, produced as part of Dulwich Outdoor Gallery in 2013.[2][7]

In 2013, Harrington participated in the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery project, initiated by Ingrid Beazley of Dulwich Picture Gallery.[2] He started as a graffiti artist and now paints outdoor murals.[8]

Harrington also produced more traditional artworks for galleries, but his work straddles classical and contemporary art.[9]


Conor Harrington's exhibitions have included the following.[6]

Solo exhibitions
  • "Eat and Delete", Lazarides pop-up, New York (2014)
  • "Whole Lot of Trouble for a Little Win", The Outsiders, London (2013)
  • "Dead Meat", Lazarides Rathbone, London (2012)
  • "Headless Heroes", Lazarides Rathbone, London (2009)[10]
  • "Weekend Warriors", The Outsiders London (2008)
Group exhibitions
  • Hang-Up Collections Volume III, Hang-Up Gallery, London (2015)
  • Spring Group Show, Mead Carney Fine Art, London (2015)
  • Art Truancy: Celebrating 20 Years of Juxtapoz Magazine, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York (2014)
  • Brutal, Lazarides Gallery, London (2013)[11]
  • Twente Biënnale, Twente Biënnale, Enschede (2013)
  • Bedlam, Lazarides pop-up, Old Vic Tunnels, London (2012)[12]
  • The Minotaur, Lazarides pop-up, Old Vic Tunnels, London (2011)[13]
  • Inside Sir Paul Smith – His Art, His Photography, His World Daelim Museum of Contemporary Art (2010)
  • Euro Trash, Lazarides pop-up, Los Angeles (2010)
  • The Outsiders, The New Art Gallery, Walsall (2009)
  • The Outsiders New York, Lazarides pop-up, New York (2008)
  • Outsiders, Lazarides Rathbone, London (2008)


  1. ^ "Conor Harrington". 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Conor Harrington x Spraying Bricks Dulwich Video". UK. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Conor Harrington". The Outsiders. 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Interview: Artist Conor Harrington Discusses How Hip-Hop and Fallen Empires Inspired His "Eat and Delete" Exhibition in New York". Complex. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  5. ^ a b c "Street Art Bio | Street Artists Biographies". Street Art Bio | Street Artists Biographies. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  6. ^ a b c "Lazarides // Conor Harrington Biography". Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  7. ^ "Spraying Bricks – Conor Harrington". YouTube. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Conor Harrington". Lazarides. 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  9. ^ "About Conor Harrington". Street Art Bio]. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Lazarides – Conor Harrington - Headless Heroes". Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Lazarides – Group Show - Brutal". Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Lazarides – Group Show - Bedlam". Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Lazarides – Group Show - Minotaur". Retrieved 19 July 2017.


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