Harry Clarke (1889 to 1931) Web Site Update 20th Oct 2021
Web Site Update
Welcome to our Harry Clarke web site, we will keep on updating this web site adding in Harry Clarke images over the next few weeks.
Harry Clarke (1889 to 1931) was undoubtedly Ireland’s greatest stained glass artist.
Internationally the name of Harry Clarke is synonymous with quality craftsmanship and imaginative genius in his stained glass work. His use of deep rich colours, his delicate depiction of beautiful elongated figures with their finely carved features and deep expressive eyes, is indeed magical to behold. During his short life Harry created over 160 stained glass windows for religious and commercial commissions throughout Ireland and England, and as far a field as the USA and Australia. Also an illustrator of books for Harrap and Co. in London, Harry illustrated books that show his undoubted genius in the area of graphic art.
Harry Clarke Project (Not Harry Clarke Studios)
Our project deals with the life and work of Harry Clarke, until his death on January 6th 1931.
Harry Clarke Studios
We have not researched the Harry Clarke Studios which continued after Clarke's death until 1973.
On this site
A Revel In Blue: The Life and Work of Harry Clarke 'DVD' Click Here
Raymond J. McGovern
New Book 2019 : The Last Day of Harry Clarke
Harry Clarke, Irish stained-glass artist and illustrator, is confined to a Swiss sanatorium, suffering from Tuberculosis, far from his family and his work in the Studios in Dublin. Ravaged by illness, the rejection of the Geneva Window, and the effects of medication, Clarke is visited by friends, both real and imaginary. As darkness falls on a January evening in 1931, the arrival of his two best friends unleashes an inner psychic battle to free himself from the hellish fears of his childhood and to accomplish his one final quest, to travel back home. This drama in three acts is a fictional account of the final day of Harry Clarke. Buy this book Amazon UK : Amazon USA
Dark Beauty: Hidden Detail in Harry Clarke’s Stained Glass 2019
Dark Beauty focuses on the minute detail in Harry Clarke's stained-glass windows, particularly in the borders and lower panels of his work. Clarke's brilliance as a graphic artist is clearly visible in his book illustrations, which are imbued with precise attention to intricate designs, and he applied the same lavish focus to every facet of his stained glass.
The title 'Dark Beauty' refers to the duality of Clarke's work that sees delicate angels juxtaposed with macabre, grotesque figures, and represents the partially hidden details that dwell in the background of his windows - motifs, accessories, flora, fauna and diminutive characters - which may be missed in light of the dominance of the central subjects.
The authors spent many years photographing Clarke's windows in Ireland, England, America and Australia, and the resulting 60,000 photos have been carefully whittled down to 500 glorious images. Dark Beauty will provide lovers of Clarke's stained glass with the opportunity to view previously obscured or unnoticed details in all their unique beauty and inspire their own travels to view Clarke's work.
Strangest Genius: Great book, was given as a present and loved it. A must for any library or an addition to any collection.Reviewed by Michael Ryan - Amazon
Strangest Genius: A fantastic look at the stained glass of Harry Clarke, one of the greatest stained glass artists of all time.Reviewed by Ms Nicola M Hetherington - Amazon
Dark Beauty: This book is a must-have for all Harry Clarke fans, and those interested in great Irish artists.Ireland of the Welcomes September 2019
Dark Beauty: Great sequel to Strangest Genius. Many beautiful double-page and full-page colour images. Really beautiful book.Delia
- Canvas Kilmaine, Co. Mayo - Presented to His Holiness Pope Francis by Enda Kenny, TD, (ex) Taoiseach of Ireland, November 28, 2016
- Harry Clarke A2 Canvas Wexford
- Documentary Film: A Revel In Blue: The Life and Work of Harry Clarke €19.95
- Harry Clarke A2 Canvas Terenure Dublin €80.00
- Harry Clarke A1 Canvas