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.
Book Launch at the 2019 Dublin Book Festival in 17th Nov 2019 : Smock Alley Theatre Dublin.
To celebrate the launch of Dark Beauty: Hidden Detail in Harry Clarke’s Stained Glass (Merrion Press), authors Lucy Costigan and Michael Cullen will be in conversation with Tony Walsh, to discuss the often overlooked wealth of minute, intricate and exquisite detail in Harry Clarke’s stained glass, which they have spent the last number of years travelling around the world to photograph. Sun 17 Nov | 2:30pm | Winter Garden (Banquet Hall) | Free Entry, Booking Required Ticket: https://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873608534
Praise for Dark Beauty
‘The research in Dark Beauty is scholarly and thorough with an engaging passion and intimacy, examining the smaller sections in Clarke’s windows, minute details which are often overlooked; it’s as much for the Harry Clarke expert as for people like me, who know a fraction about the artist but are drawn to beautiful, dark things, with a touch of magic.’
Ruth McKee, The Irish Times
‘Most of [Clarke’s] details are almost invisible to the reviewer from ground level but Cullen’s photographs illustrate them to perfection throughout Costigan’s descriptive text. … Beautifully illustrated throughout, Dark Beauty is a welcome, accessible primer for the general public who will be as entranced and delighted by Clarke’s stained glass as Lucy Costigan as a young student in the 1980s.’
Amanda Croft, Familia: Ulster Genealogical Review
I had a book published in 2010 by the Irish History Press called ‘Strangest Genius the stained Glass of Harry Clarke’ with Lucy Costigan. This book was Shortlisted for best Irish Published Book of the Year 2010, and shortlisted for Book of the Decade (Dublin Book Festival, 2016).
In 2015 ‘The Harry Clarke Colouring Book’ was published by the History Press.
Ireland’s best selling art book, Best seller on Amazon, Best seller by the Irish History Press.
Ex-TAOISEACH Enda Kenny presented one of our Harry Clarke images to the Pope in Italy. The framed canvass was inscribed as follows: “From the Nativity Window by Harry Clarke, St. Patrick’s Church, Kilmaine, Co. Mayo. Presented to His Holiness Pope Francis by Enda Kenny, TD, Taoiseach of Ireland, November 28, 2016.” (photo RTE.ie)
Photo RTE News