Stephen Vaughan


The act of making is a fundamental, indeed primary, human activity. Artistic endeavour as part of that activity functions to interpret, illuminate and transform the world we live in. I work with steel and aluminium plates to create highly textured fine art prints through the medium of etching and carborundum.

This way of creating an image is a process of construction. I like to think of it as “building” the plate. In this sense there is a sculptural aspect to my work. At other times the textured carborundum and etching approximates the characteristics of brush strokes in a painting.

As an Irish printmaker and artist, living in Thomastown, Kilkenny I am influenced by a rich culture of arts, crafts music and design; all of this underpinned by the stunning natural heritage of the landscape and of course, being Ireland, a wealth of history. Looking further afield the influences of the modern world are not far away, and so these also play an important role in my work.


Stephen Vaughan’s career as an artist spans thirty years, including study at Grennan Mill Crafts School and Crawford College of Art & Design. Living in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. He has exhibited extensively in Ireland, New York, New Orleans, Stockholm, Paris and London. In 2014 he was awarded a higher diploma in computer science. Parallel to making fine art prints, he also is a web developer and designer.