Artist Stephen Lawlor: ‘I’m as cynical as the next man – but I saw a ghost and it changed how I look at the world’

The painter and printmaker was more surprised than anyone to find inspiration from a spectre

Artist Stephen Lawlor in his studio. Picture by Steve Humphreys

Niall MacMonagle

In Uttersberg, Sweden, in 1850, a young woman from the big house fell for the stable boy.