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Nelson St, Conor Harrington

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Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 29 October 2012 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Nelson Street in Bristol just before the end of the summer. Nelson St was the site chosen by Bristol City Council to sponsor some of the best street artists to come and take part in the See No Evil project. This one's for Grouser and I agree it's a breathtaking piece of art and I don't think this shot really does it justice.

Conor Harrington is one of Ireland’s finest contemporary oil painters, he is also a master of street art, painting huge walls all over Britain, with a big following in Bristol. According to Conor, the male figure is a central theme to his work, and refers to the masculinity of urban culture.The men in Conor’s paintings allude to the stoic and pensive male inspired by the modernist painters. His pieces are plastered with post-modern graffiti combining a pertinent clash of styles and asserting his trademark.
“I’m interested in the dynamics between opposing elements,” says the artist.
Conor’s work is an intelligent and modest reminder of the positive emotional contribution from men in society at a time when political figures and heads of cooperation’s all over the world are being scrutinised and ousted for problems in society. It also shows that graffiti doesn’t have to shock – or convey a dark undertone of bitterness to have necessary substance.

Canon EOS 500D 1/80 second F/5.0 ISO 100 37 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

I'm not one to read social politics into works of art, even when the artist insists they are there... but I think this is a masterpiece!

29 Oct 2012 5:31am

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Another stupendous take, really have been enjoying this series, as art it is way better than Christine's photo of Mr Hirst's work

29 Oct 2012 7:00am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

This one was a suprise, it is fantastic and the info with it is great

29 Oct 2012 7:12am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

This is really very sophisticated street art.....has a look of the Spanish masters!!

29 Oct 2012 7:34am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Such a shame that the paint 'ran'......

29 Oct 2012 7:43am

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

It is interesting!! Entrance gates are like pawns for chess on the wall.

29 Oct 2012 7:47am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Still a beautiful painted wall, and to accompany good explanations. A nice composition. Great shot.
Good week.

29 Oct 2012 8:22am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Great find and framing !

29 Oct 2012 9:25am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic - like a Goya painting! Great shot to show all the drama of this street gallery mural.

29 Oct 2012 10:05am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

This one is a very beautiful painting !!

29 Oct 2012 10:24am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Superbe cette fresque murale!!!!! dommage que la peinture s'abime!!!

29 Oct 2012 10:25am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A wonderful mural ... are you going to show us another with a bit more of its surroundings?

29 Oct 2012 10:34am

@Judy aka L@dybug: Unfortunately I couldn't keep much of the street in on this one as it was straight into the sun so very blown out, but there's more to come showing the surroundings

Alan44 from Saint Nazaire, France

Voilà une fresque de haute qualité.Superbe.

29 Oct 2012 11:07am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, now that's an impressive street painting - a true work of art!

29 Oct 2012 11:09am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

yes it was definitely my favourite o the ones there when I visited. Nicely documented, words and picture

29 Oct 2012 11:26am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

What an amazing piece.. great work by the artists (both the painter and photographer)

29 Oct 2012 12:33pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Extraordinary! Thanks for the explanation friend! Very interesting too ... I'm culturizando through your pictures and documents. Best regards Adela

29 Oct 2012 12:47pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOnderful piece of art that you have captured. IN a way it looks kind of ghostly. IN keeping with Halloween

29 Oct 2012 1:14pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

wonderful piece - It would be great if Oxford commissioned a similar project to bring colour to some of the "grey" concrete inside the ring road!

29 Oct 2012 1:18pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful wall art and colors; I like the running paint on this art piece ~ very unique !

29 Oct 2012 2:57pm

Don from United States

A superb example of the muralist's art work. Fine shot.

29 Oct 2012 3:07pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

now this painting really is my cup of tea,thanks for sharing !!

29 Oct 2012 3:20pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Wunderbar dieses Wandbild.

29 Oct 2012 3:41pm

Brockaly from Leominster, United Kingdom

Fantastic - has he lost his head?

29 Oct 2012 4:34pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic street art. He is really a master. I really appreciated the explanation about his art. Quite interesting.

29 Oct 2012 5:06pm

Baldwin from Venezuela

Great shot of this fabulous wall painting !!! Very interesting information about this talented artist ...

29 Oct 2012 5:15pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Wonderful painting, I love this !!

29 Oct 2012 5:38pm

Pierre from Mâcon, France

What a wonderfull wall painting , thanks for sharing !

29 Oct 2012 5:44pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful mural indeed! Nicely captured Doug! ;-)

29 Oct 2012 6:23pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A magnificent perspective and setting, Doug! Wonderful writeup as well, which tells me all sorts of things that I was unaware of ;-) This is just a magnificent piece in every respect! Sorry I have not been able to comment much,,the work has just been rediculous!! Wishing you all the best!

29 Oct 2012 6:48pm

franz from Baden, Austria

i find these murals quite attractive and attention catching. definitely a mark-up for the houses and streets ...

29 Oct 2012 7:06pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

A very cool painting again, but then idiots below have graffiti it, that's what I hate about street art. Shame.

29 Oct 2012 7:59pm

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Superbe décor et très original....

29 Oct 2012 8:04pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Amazing, I thought it was a painting, but as I scrolled down to find street, wow

29 Oct 2012 9:57pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A super dramatic and very cool chunk of wall art, Doug.

29 Oct 2012 10:12pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

This really is art and deserves to be up high, great shot.

29 Oct 2012 10:31pm

Dan from Quartz Hill, United States

Street Artists

Is this not amazing what they can do on such a large canvas? Well Done and Thx Dan.

29 Oct 2012 11:26pm

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Wow that's amazing.

29 Oct 2012 11:56pm

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

This is stunning, your image and the mural. I have a soft spot for murals.
Thanks for the interesting info.

30 Oct 2012 1:40am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I love that. Awesome capture of this fantasy on the wall.

30 Oct 2012 2:07am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wow, this is really an amazing piece of art.

30 Oct 2012 3:31am

Devi from Chennai, India

Phew !! Amazing depth !! And lovely shot !!

30 Oct 2012 5:44am

shooter from United Kingdom

Now that is talent what an amazing mural

30 Oct 2012 3:53pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

this is wonderful, sure beats the juvenile scribble under it.

30 Oct 2012 9:16pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

Is he headless? Interesting because the black and white checked floor symbolizes the intellect in art, and it dominates and is a contrast here. The colorful brushy action of the figures is intriguing and literally dripping in feeling. Perhaps indicating the presence of a suppressed feminine or distorted one. Because, surprisingly,... the feminine is in man, and the masquiline is in woman. But his statements are about the male dilemma. I find this really great art statement. My take. I wonder what the artist intends with it.

31 Oct 2012 3:44pm

Canon EOS 500D
1/80 second
ISO 100
37 mm