Stephen Lawlor was born in Dublin in 1958. He lectured at IADT, in printmaking and drawing (1991-97) and was chairman of Graphic Studio Dublin, (2000-05). He has worked at print studios internationally including: Guanlan, China, Galleri Astley, Sweden, Jyvaskyla Centre for Print, Finland, Paupers Press, London & Hampton Editions, USA.
He participated in the 1st International Print Biennial, Lingshi China 2012 and 7th International Biennial Douro Portugal 2014. He won 1st prize at New Grounds International Print, Albuquerque NM, USA in 2013 and joint 1st at Adogi, 35th Miniprint International, Cadaques, Spain in 2015.
Stephen was elected an associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in London, (ARE) in 2016 and was a founder member of the International Academic Printmaking Alliance (IAPA) at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing also in 2016. He was elected a member of Aosdána in 2018.