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It Got Quiet

This print is part of a series of etching portraits of iconic figures which stretch back through history but include classic subjects from cinema, television and European painting. This portrait comes from the Neo-Noir film Chinatown, set in 1937 Los Angeles and Directed by Roman Polanski.

The hard-bitten lead character (depicted) runs the gamut of crooked cops and gangster goons but needle on his moral compass, through a maze of corruption only wobbles occasionally. Characters like this one could just as easily have come from the pens of Homer or Shakespeare as from the gritty work of Raymond Chandler or Dashiel Hammett.


Stephen Lawlor

Stephen was born in Dublin in 1958. He is a Printmaker, Sculptor and Painter. He lectured at IADT, in printmaking and drawing 1991-1997 and was chairman of Graphic Studio Dublin Print Workshop from 2000 to 2005. Stephen was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Printmaker Painters (RE) in 2016 and a member of Aosdána in 2018. He has curated many Irish and International Print exhibitions.

Recent Solo Exhibitions
2021 A liminal state Blue Door Gallery Schull Co Cork
2020 In the Past Galleri Astley, Vastmanland Sweden
2019 Stephen Lawlor Prints, Epreuve dArtiste, Antwerp, Belgium
2019 Needle-Acid-Brush SO Fine Art Editions Dublin.

Recent Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition London, UK 2021 Megalo Print Studio Intaglio Online Canberra Australia 2020 Graphics Ireland Galleri Helle Knudsen, Sweden, Curated S.Lawlor
2018 Yangtze Art Fair, Nanjing China
2018 6th Biennial International Center for Contemporary Printmaking,CT,USA

Selected Collections Allied Irish Bank PLC Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Biblioteca de Catalunya
The British Museum University College Dublin The Chester Beatty Library Douro Museum Portugal National Gallery of Ireland The Royal Collection London
Clifford Chance Col. Norwegian Space Centre Huai’an Art Museum, China

Birthdate: 15/12/1958

Nationality: Ireland

  • 2020 In the Past, Galleri Astley, Vastmanland, Sweden
  • 2019 Stephen Lawlor, Epreuve d'Artiste, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2019 Needle, Acid & Brush, SO Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2019 Five Years, Limerick City & County Museum, Ireland
  • 2015 Spiritus Mundi, Bourn-Vincent Gallery, Limerick, Ireland


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