Printmaker goes with the flow
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.