Irish artist Conor Harrington’s style is unique, and instantly recogniseable. It’s these qualities, along with its blend of street art and fine art disciplines that make his work transfixing, and spectacular to take in.
For anyone who has ever wondered how his work comes to be, I know I have on many occassions, this latest video gives great insight into the paintings and the technical aspects too. Filmed back in 2011, “Black Herds of the Rain” documents Conor’s trip back home to Ireland in the summer of 2011, as well as the murals he put up along the way. Again he teams up with filmmaker Andrew Telling, who he worked with on Crossing Lines to deliver another informative and entertaining video. The trip and murals were inspired by the following poem (The Lost Heifer) by Austin Clarke.
When the black herds of the rain were grazing,
In the gap of the pure cold wind
And the watery hazes of the hazel
Brought her into my mind,
I thought of the last honey by the water
That no hive can find.
Brightness was drenching through the branches
When she wandered again,
Turning sliver out of dark grasses
Where the skylark had lain,
And her voice coming softly over the meadow
Was the mist becoming rain.
So without further delay, here it is – “Black Herds of the Rain”. Enjoy, and be inspired. UKB