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In Dreams (Xin)

This print was made for an exhibition entitled 'The Human Heart' at the Graphic Studio Gallery in Dublin in 2020. The Mind-Body (Mind-Heart) split was presented to me many years ago and it still fascinates me. To think logically with the mind as a normal western habit is to ignore the much more powerful, intuitive, emotional and fundamental force that is the human heart. The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing: We know this in countless ways. Blaise Pascal (1623-62)

There is an interesting story about Karl Jung’s interview with a Pueblo Indian Chief Ochwiay Biano or Mountain Lake. He asked the Chief what he thought of whites and his answer was: ‘’They always want something; they are always uneasy and restless. We do not know what they want. We do not understand them. We think they are all mad.” When Jung asks why he thinks they are all mad, Mountain Lake replies. “They say they think with their heads.” Jung answers, “Why of course, what do you think with?” The Chief, indicating his heart, said, “We think here.”


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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