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This work is the first in a series from a project I am working on based on the work of the Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn who died in Japan in 1904. The spirit of this figure (Aoyagi) has transferred from a Willow tree but only lives a brief and tragic life in human form. His seminal book Kwaidan contains many strange tales of such creatures as Yokai, ghosts and demons from Shinto and Buddhist folklore.


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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