Stephen Lawlor was born in Dublin in 1958. From 1980-1983 he studied at the National College of Art & Design. Between 1989 and 1996 he lectured in print making and life drawing at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design. In 1998 he joined the Board of Graphic Studio Dublin. He was elected Chairman of the Graphic Studio during the years 2001-2005.
According to Brian McAvera (Cat. Essay Cu, 2009), Stephen Lawlor can be seen as a European artist (albeit happy to pillage any useful American painter) with a distinct tachiste imprint, and a sensibility which combines his printmaker's flare for subtle colour and small-scale with an animated surface flecked with light.
Stephen Lawlor currently resides in Dublin.