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'if in some way' by stephen lawlor 2017

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'if in some way' by stephen lawlor 2017

A re-interpretation of the Portinari Alterpiece in the Uffizi

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'if in some way' by stephen lawlor 2017

Stephen Lawlor ( born 1958 )

Height 130 cm width 150 cm ( 51.25 x 59.25 cm )

Artist's Statement:

'IF IN SOME WAY reflects the Portinari Alterpiece by Hugo Van Der Goes,1475 Uffizi Gallery Florence. This painting was commissioned by Portinari on behalf of the Medici family in Bruges in 1475. The central panel consists of clumps of individuals and centres around the Virgin and child from floating angels at the top clockwise to shepherds, Kings, the commissioners and his family, kneeling angels and various saints. It is the overall effects of drawing the eye around the array of coloured forms to the core that resonated for me and influenced and informed my choice.'

Copying the work of Old Masters has been practised throughout history as a way of learning to appreciate the method of other artists - it enables the student to see how many ways there are of painting, of gradations of colour, technique of brushwork and composition. It does not teach perception but shows you how something can be expressed after it has been perceived*

Throughout history both students and accomplished artists have also 'translated' originals. Van Gogh made a series based on the work of Millet and Turner based many paintings on works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Claude Lorrain and Poussin as well as Constable. More recently of course Francis Bacon, with the Red Cardinal, has re-visited Velazquez' s Pope Innocent numerous times.

Stephen Lawlor continues this tradition taking inspiration from specific paintings which have moved him by Titian, Poussin, Veronese and others.

Often his translations will feature a similar palette or certain vague shapes will be perceived; shadows from the original. However, more often it is the energy alone of the original which one perceives.

Lawlor will usually reflect the depth of the original, leading the eye from the foreground, through the middle distance and across to the horizon so one finds oneself continually travelling around and across the canvas. The work is not reduced to a flat plane of texture as if viewed from above but has great depth of field.

Stephen Lawlor was born in Dublin in 1958.

Studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Lectured for many years in printmaking and life drawing at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design + Technology (DLCAD) Dublin.

Won the printmaking prize at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) twice and won print prizes in the USA and in Spain.

Participated in the 1st International Print Biennial, Lingshi China 2012

Participated in 7th International Biennial Douro Portugal 2014.

Elected an associate member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE) in London in 2016

Founding member of the International Academic Printmaking Alliance (IAPA) at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing,2016

His paintings and prints are included in many public, private and corporate collections including:

Ashmolean Museum Oxford

Allied Irish Bank

Axa Insurance Plc

Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Citibank Plc

Douro Museum, Portugal

Dublin City University (DCU)

Geneseo State University, New York

Glen Dimplex, Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland

University of Limerick

OPW, Smurfit Plc

University College Dublin

Biblioteca de Catalunya

Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing.

* "The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst pub. 1898

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