Stephen Lawlor: In a Liminal State

Thursday 12th May - Sunday 3rd July
  • Stephen Lawlor In a Liminal State

Considered by many to be one of Ireland’s most eminent printmakers, Stephen Lawlor is also an accomplished painter and sculptor. Lawlor studied at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), and was Director of Graphic Design Studio Dublin from 2000 - 2005. He is a member of Aosdána, and has exhibited at both the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and the Royal Academy in London. Lawlor has travelled and exhibited extensively in Europe and Asia.

The influence of his experiences abroad can be seen in the subject matter depicted by Lawlor in his prints and paintings which are all influenced by Old Masters from the art historical canon such as Titian and Veronese. These Old Masters have had a profound impact upon Lawlor’s choice of subject matter, use of colour, and medium. Lawlor’s figurative images can border on abstraction but there is always
a strong connection with the history of European painting. His use of light and his focus on the past make his work instantly recognisable.

While staying at Herrgården, a beautifully restored hunting lodge in the village of Uttersberg in Sweden in 2004 Lawlor experienced the presence of a ghostly figure. A woman dressed in 17th century clothing appeared at the foot of his bed, forming slowly before lunging towards him. This was not
the first time the spectral lady had appeared to staff and visitors of the lodge. The encounter directly informed his paintings and prints produced since 2004, in which the female figure became the predominant subject.

This pivotal encounter for the Artist is explored in the short film Trespassers on the Beyond by Eavan Aiken which is screened at the entrance to this exhibition.

This exhibition displays many of the artworks contained in the newly published Gandon Publication “Profile 29: Stephen Lawlor”. Available for purchase in the giftshop.

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This exhibition is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Limerick City & County Council, and The Heritage Council.

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