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Signed Print Edition of 50
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|January 2020||Chiswick Auctions - United Kingdom||Belfast Warrior - Signed Print|
Executed on wove paper, Belfast Warrior (2012) by Conor Harrington is a signed screen print in colours addressing the recurring themes in the Irish artist’s body of work: the hierarchies of power and the impact of cultural stereotypes on modern masculinity. The print was released in an edition of 50 and depicts an unidentified male figure wielding a sword in his hands against a plain beige background.
In comparison with screen prints created by the artist in 2014, such as Samson’s Nostalgia Trap or The Unveiling, Belfast Warrior strikes with the simplicity of its visual language. Harrington’s signature references to Baroque and period costumes are renounced here as he focuses solely on a single human figure and uses only two colours to render its mysterious likeness. The titular warrior is captured in full length as he stands with his legs apart and knees slightly bent. The upper part of his body is noticeably leaning back, which attributes the posture with a sense of flexibility and lightness. The warrior’s bodily shape lacks a vivid contour on the left side and the dynamic brushstrokes make it look like his limbs are set in motion. This representation not only links the figure to an ongoing sense of movement. The man’s hands are raised upwards, invoking the movements of a dancer, the subtlety of which clashes with the sword as the central attribute of the warrior.