Print­maker goes with the flow

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - AIDAN DUNNE

THREE RIVERS Hills­boro Fine Art, 49 Par­nell Sq W, Dublin Un­til Mar 1 01-8788242

Stephen Lawlor comes to paint­ing with a long track record as a print­maker. One might ex­pect the print­maker’s char­ac­ter­is­tic em­pha­sis on tech­nique, and that is the case, though not in the way we might an­tic­i­pate. There is no tight­ness or over-at­ten­tive­ness to fin­ish. In fact, as with Don­ald Teskey, who came to paint­ing from a graphic back­ground, Lawlor has pos­i­tively em­braced the medium for its own dis­tinct pos­si­bil­i­ties. His Hills­boro show is based on the en­vi­rons of three Dublin Rivers, all familiar to him, the Lif­fey, the Dod­der and the Tolka as it flows through the Na­tional Botanic Gar­dens.

Us­ing a dig­i­tal cam­era as a sketch­book, he has worked from ma­nip­u­lated images to pro­duce very rich, free, painterly ac­counts of wa­ter, veg­e­ta­tion and also the me­chan­i­cal, in the form of a huge crane at Dock­lands.

It makes for a strik­ing body of work.

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