Thomas Delohery


Thomas Delohery is an Award Winning International Visual Artist living in Australia. He has had 43 Solo Exhibitions and been part of 25 Group Exhibitions World Wide, in such countries as, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Germany, Canada and Australia. Delohery deals mainly with the figure in his Art Practice. He studied at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin and the University of Ulster, Belfast. He graduated from the University of Ulster with a 1st Class Degree in Fine Art Painting in '93 and an M.F.A. in '97. Visual Artist Thomas Delohery has painted UK Actor/Director Jared Harris of MADMEN fame so that Thomas could compete in this year's Archibald Prize 2016. He was made a Finalist in the prestigious Black Swan Portrait Prize 2016 with his painting of Author and Child Holocaust Survivor Henri Korn. The painting will be on display at the Art Gallery of WA until the end of October along with the other Finalists. Henri has asked to use Delohery's Artwork for his new book.

He has done drawings and paintings on Racism, the rise of Neo-Nazism, Apartheid in South Africa, the Holocaust, the Killing Fields, the Vietnam War, the Conflict in Burma, Hostage Taking in Cambodia, the War in the Balkans in the 1990's, Che, German Writer Hermann Hesse, Authors and Holocaust Survivors Havka Folam Raban and Henri Korn, Acting Legend Richard Harris, Actor/Director Jared Harris of Madmen fame, Performance Artist Stelarc, Musician/Singer/Actor Steve Wall, Actor/Director Sean Cronin, Singer Kurt Cobain and Artist Frida Kahlo. Delohery is currently working toward an Exhibition about Frida Kahlo and he is focusing in particular on the relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

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The Richard Harris International Film Festival(RHIFF) named Thomas Delohery the Artistic Curator of the Film Festival Portrait/Image Competition for 2015. This was the last year that the Festival will use Delohery's Artwork to promote the Film Festival as one of Delohery's first duties in his new role was to find his replacement for 2016 by running a Portrait/Image Competition in 2015. The image had to be a drawing or painting of Acting Legend Richard Harris and the winning portrait will be used to promote Film Festival in 2016. Thomas was one of the four judges on the committee panel. Renowned Actor/Director Jared Harris of Madmen Fame, Award Winning Fashion Designer Natalie B . Coleman and Richard's life long friend Billy O'Reilly(Musician and Journalist) from the USA were the other three.

At present Thomas Delohery is doing work on Mexican Artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Thomas and his wife Artist Sandra Minchin Delohery are co-curating a group exhibition of Frida Kahlo inspired art in The Convent Gallery, Daylesford, Regional Victoria in September and October 2017. There is 5 Irish Artists involved and 2 Australian. They intend to take the exhibition to Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2018.

Thomas Delohery created  the Artwork to promote the International Richard Harris Film Festival 2013, 2014 and 2015. Thomas Delohery's Portrait's of Acting Legend Richard Harris are endorsed by the Harris Family as the official images of the Film Festival 2013/14/15. 

There is an ongoing file on his work in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, where they have a piece of his Art in their Permanent Art Collection.

Delohery has received many awards, the most recent being a presentation from the Lord Mayor of Limerick City in recognition for the Art work he has done over the years on the Acting Legend Richard Harris, as well as a Distinguished Talent Visa from Immigration Australia to stay and work in the country. He is the Visual Art Tutor at Bendigo Kangan Institute, Richmond and Broadmeadows Campuses, Melbourne.

Important Solo Exhibitions:

Tacit Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia. Exhibition offically opened by Dr. Adam Brown of Deakin University.

For Walls Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. Exhibition officially opened by Reinaldo Garcia, Consulate General of Cuba. 'Che. The Man and the Internationalist.'

Tacit Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia. Offically opened by renowned Australian Artist Victor Majzner.

Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Exhibition held in connection with International Holocaust Memorial Day.

Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland. Exhibition offically opened by Holocaust Survivor, Suzi Diamond.

Alley Arts and Conference Centre, Strabane,Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Exhibition held in connection with Holocaust International Memorial Day.

Holocaust, The Killing Fields of Cambodia and the war in Former Yugoslavia-reladed Exhibition at Kidogo Art Gallery, as part of the 'Interrogating Trauma: Arts and Media Responses to Collective Suffering' Conference, Perth, Western Australia. Awarded a grant by the Arts Council of Ireland for this Exhibition.

Holocaust-related Solo Exhibition at Friar's Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co.Limerick, Ireland. Offically opened by Eamon Lenihan, 'Blue of the night,' Lyric FM Radio, RTE.

PIER 21, Canada's Immigration Museum, Halifax, Canada. (Held in connection with Nova Scotia's Holocaust Education Week 2007) Thomas Delohery was awarded grants by the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland for this Exhibition.

Toronto Centre for the Arts, Canada. Opened by Mrs. Elizabeth Comper, Fouder of FAST (Fighting Anti-Semitism Together). (Held in connection with Toronto's Holocaut Education Week 2007). Thomas Delohery was awarded an Honorarium from Yad Vashem Toronto, as well as a grant from the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland for this Exhibition.

Toradh Gallery, Co.Meath, Ireland. The work on this Holocaust related Exhibition, 'Man-made' was carried out with the support of a grant from the European Association for Jewish Culture, London, UK.

St.John's Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel, Co.Kerry, Ireland. Opened by Billy Keane (son of renowned playwright John B. Keane).

Friar's Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, Ireland. Offically opened by the late and great Richard Harris's three sons, Actor Jared Harris (of MADMEN and SHERLOCK HOLMES.A GAME OF SHADOWS fame), Actor Jamie Harris and Director Damian Harris.

The Wiener Library, Institute of Contemporary History, London, UK. (The World's oldest Holocaust Memorial Institution).

The Changing Room Gallery, London, UK. Officially opened by Suzanne Barggett OBE, Head of the Department of Holocaust and Genocide History, Imperial War Museum, London).

The Courthouse Arts Centre, Co.Wicklow,Ireland. Officially opened by Mickie Goldstein, Head of the Cultural Section, Israeli Embassy, Dublin, Ireland.

The Old Market Arts Centre, Co.Waterford, Irealand. Officially opened by Peter Drinan (Cartoonist with the Irish Examiner).

Clare Museum, Ennis, Co.Clare, Ireland. Offically opened by Poet Mark Whelan.

BBC Buildings, Belfast, N.Ireland.

Dundalk County Museum, Co.Louth, Ireland. Offically opened by Yanky Fachler.

Main Gallery, Down Arts Centre, Co.Down, N.Ireland.

Sunburst Gallery, Ards Arts Centre, Co. Down, N.Ireland. Offically opened by renowned Ulster Artist David Crone.

Bourne Vincent Gallery, University of Limerick,Co.Limerick, Ireland. Offically opened by Prof. Dermot Keogh M.A. PhD, Head of History at the University College Cork (UCC), Co.Cork, Ireland.

Clothworthy Arts Centre, Antrim, N.Ireland. Offically opened by Artist Anushiya Sundaralingam.

N.U.I. Galway Art Gallery, Co.Galway, Ireland. Offically opened by Mike Fitzpatrick the then Director of Limerick City Gallery, presently the Head of Limerick School of Art and Design.

Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland. Offically opened by Holocaust Survivor  Zoltan Zinn-Collis.

The Market Place Gallery, Co.Armagh, N.Ireland. Offically opened by renowned Ulster Artist David Crone and former Head of the Fine Art Department at the University of Ulster, Belfast, N.Ireland.

Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co.Wicklow. Officially opened by Joe Tully, Arklow Arts Officer.

Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin City, Ireland.

Ojo Centre, Cologne, Germany. (Held in connection with anti-Fascist week).

De Valera Library Gallery, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. Officially opened by Artist Mick O'Dea R.H.A.

Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co.Mayo, Ireland. Officially opened by Chairman Eamon Smith.

The Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick City, Ireland.  Offically opened by Artist Eamon O'Kane.

Limerick City Gallery of Art, Co.Limerick, Ireland. Opened by renowned Limerick and Irish Artist John Shinnors.

Mullingar Arts Centre, Co. Meath, Ireland.

Tipperary Excel Centre, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Offically opened by Co.Clare Arts Officer Siobhan Mulcahy.

The DeValara Library Gallery, Co.Clare, Ireland. Officially opened by Artist and President of the R.H.A. in Dublin, Mick O'Dea.

Important Group Exhibitions:

Black Swan Portrait Prize 2016 Group Exhibition, Art Gallery of WA, Perth, Western Australia.

69 Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia.

'Death be kind,' Upstairs at The Alderman, Brunswick East, Melbourne, Australia.

Hunt Museum, Limerick City, Ireland.

Glor Irish Music Centre, Ennis, Co.Clare, Ireland

The Jelly Leg'd Chicken Arts Centre, Reading, UK.

Cavancor Gallery, Lifford, Co.Donegal. Offically opened by John O'Sullivan, IONA Technologies PLC.

Kunstler Haus II, Bavaria, Germany.

Siamsa Tire Arts Centre, Co. Kery, Ireland. Work selected by Declan McGonagle (former Director of IMMA).

Gem House of Fine Art, Sullivan's Quay, Cork City, Ireland.

Living Landscape, West Cork Arts Centre, Co. Cork, Ireland. (My work was recommended for this exhibition by renowned Ulster Artist and Secretary for the R.H.A., David Crone.

1 Oxford Street Gallery, Belfast, N.Ireland.

Castle Court, Donegal Place, Belfast, N.Ireland.

People's Colege, Adelaide Park, Belfast, N.Ireland.

Works in Public Collections:

University of Ulster Permanent Collection, N.Ireland.

Oberpfalzwer, Kunstler Haus Permanent Collection, Bavaria, Germany.

The Wiener Library Institute of Contemporary History, London, UK. (The world's oldest Holocaust Memorial Institution).

The Art Collection, Yad Vashem Museum, The Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority, Jerusalem, Israel.

Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

Works in Private Collections:

Suzanne Bardgett OBE, Head of Department of Holocaust and Genocide History, Imperial War Museum, London.

Actor Jared Harris, UK and USA. (Of Madmen, The Expanse, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows fame)

Actor Jamie Harris,(Marvel's Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.) UK and USA.

Director Damian Harris, (The Rachael Papers) USA.

Bill Harris, (Actor Richard Harris's brother),UK

Artist Eamon O'Kane, Bristol, UK.

Classical Musician Anna Mantere, Hynikau, Finland.

Holocast Survivor Herr Otto Schwerdt, Regensburg, Germany.

German Artist Veronica Bolay, Ireland.

Dr.Adam Brown, Lecturer at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Artist Anne Brennan, Ireland.

Artist Peter Drinan, Ireland.

Mikie Goldstein, Former Head of the Cultural Section, Israeli Embassy, Ireland.

Hagar Lipkin, Former Head of the Cultural Section, Israeli Embassy, Ireland.

Allison Sullivan, (Actor Richard Harris's niece), Ireland.

Eamon Lenihan, Presenter 'Blue of the night,'Lyric FM, RTE, Ireland.

Dermot McCabe, (Former Head of Engineering at RTE), Ireland.

Henry Robinson, Human Rights Campaigner, UK.

Holocaust Survivor Zoltan Zinn-Collis, Ireland.

Holocaust Survivor and Author Henri Korn, Australia.

Holocaust Survivor Suzi Diamond, Ireland.

Holocaust Survivor and Author (Chavka) Havka Folam Raban, Israel.

Holocaust Survivor Olga Salomon, Israel.

Holocaust Survivor Goldie Steiner, Canada.

Renowned Artist Neil Shawcross, N.Ireland.

Renowned Limerick and Irish Artist John Shinnors, Ireland.

Artist Anushiya Sundaralingam, N.Ireland.

Artist Andrea Tuchezyora, Czech Republic.

Artist Victor Majzner, Australia.

Michelle Bernshaw, Former Principal of King David, Australia.

Many other works in private collections in Ireland, N.Ireland, UK, USA, Holland, Poland, Germany, Czech republic, Finland, Australia, Israel and Canada.


2013: Presentation from the Lord Mayor of Limerick City Ireland in recognition for all the art work he did to honour the legacy of one of Limerick's most famous sons, the late and great Richard Harris.

2012: Distinguished Talent Visa from Immigration Australia.

2008: Travel and Mobility Award from The Arts Council of Ireland to aid costs to Perth, Western Australia, where Thomas Delohery exhibited his Art as part of the 'Interrogating Trauma' International Conference.

2007: Honorarium from Yad Vashem Toronto to defray costs of having a Solo Exhibition in Toronto, Canada.

'Culture Ireland' Award to help defray costs of having two Solo Exhibitions in Canada in October and November 2007; one in Halifax and the other in  Toronto, as well as conducting workshops and lectures in both places.

2006: European Association For Jewish Culture Visual Arts Grant from London to defray costs of a Solo Exhibition at the Toradh Gallery, Co.Meath, Ireland.

2005: Artist's Support Grant from Clare Arts Office and County Council to defray costs of a Solo Exhibition in the Clare Museum, Ireland.

Travel and Mobility Award from the Arts Council of Ireland to travel to Poland and Lithuania for a 2 week seminar run by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.

2004: Scholarship awarded by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, for a 2 and a half week Holocaust Educators Course at Yad Vashem, The International School for Holocaust Studies, Israel, 27th June - 14th July 2004.

Artist in Residence, Herzliya, Israel, 17th - 27th June and 14th July - 17th July.

Travel and Mobility Award from the Arts Council of Ireland to travel to Israel for a month mainly to do interviews with Holocaust Survivors.

Artist's Support Grant from Clare County Council to defray costs of a Solo Exhibition in the North of Ireland.

2002: Nominated for the A.I.B Art Prize by County Clare Arts Office and the De Valera Library Gallery, Ennis, Co.Clare, Ireland.

Recipient of the first Tyrone Guthrie Centre International Bursary Scheme Award to go to Bavaria for a 4 week residency. Flights were also kindly covered by the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

 Artist's Support Grant from Clare County Council to defray costs of a Solo Exhibition in Bray,Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

2001: Recipient of the Airlingus Travel Award, by the Arts Council of Ireland to travel to Germany for research.

Artist's Support Grant from the Clare County Council to defray costs of having a Solo Exhibition in Clare.


Links to last Solo Exhibition opening:


 J- Wire

The Art and the Author: Together Again

by Roz Tarszisz

Two men whose friendship crosses generations are thrilled to be travelling together to West Australia later this year.

Thomas Delohery, an award-winning visual artist, originally from Ireland and now resident in Melbourne, has been named a finalist in the prestigious Black Swan Portrait 2016 in Western Australia.

His muse is author and child Holocaust Survivor Henri Korn. Henri has written two books about his life - Saviours: The Story of a Jewish Altar Boy and My Past is my Future.

We are as excited as schoolboys to be travelling to Perth for the announcement of the prize winner the artist told J-Wire.

Korn, who wants to use Delohery's artwork for the front cover of his third book is a guide at the Jewish Holocaust Centre Melbourne.

Delohery first met Korn and his wife Sandra in 2011 when Delohery was having his first Holocaust related solo exhibition in Melbourne. The two men met up later that same year when the artist was involved with a group exhibition called Forever In Our Hearts where they used Delohery's artwork to promote the show.

In 2014 the pair got together again when Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre Melbourne were hosting a conference _ The Future of the Past: Representing the Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Trauma in the 21st Century. Delohery's artwork was used to promote the conference.

The friendship was rekindled and Delohery and his wife, Artist Sandra Minchin, regard themselves as very fortunate to get to spend time with Sandra and Henri Korn on a regular basis.

The artist asked Henri to sit for him again so he could try to capture what he describes as the wonderful presence that Henri exudes. Delohery has painted Henri for two other major portrait prizes, the Archibald Prize and Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

When he got news in early August that he was made a finalist with his latest painting of Korn called, I'm still here, Delohery says he was Beside myself.

The finalists' work will be on display from 8 October at the Art Gallery of WA and the outright winner of The Black Swan Prize will be announced on 14 October 2016.


Clare Champion

Black Swan nod for O'Callaghan's Mills artist

by Carol Byrne

O'Callaghan's Mills award-winning visual artist Thomas Delohery has been named as a finalist in the Black Swan Portrait Prize 2016.

Thomas Delohery, who now resides in Melbourne, having been awarded a distinguished talent visa, has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Black Swan Portrait Prize 2016 in Western Australia.

The East Clare artist's muse is author and child Holocaust survivor, Henri Korn, whom he has painted for two major portrait prizes this year, the Doug Moran and the Black Swan.

Henri has written two books, Saviours: The Story of a Jewish Altar Boy and My Past is My Future, and wants to use Thomas' artwork for the front cover of his latest book.

Thomas first met Henri and his wife, Sandra, in 2011, when Delohery was having his first Holocaust-related solo exhibition in Melbourne. Thomas then met up with Henri later that same year, when he was involved with a group exhibition called Forever in our Hearts, which used Delohery's artwork to promote the show. In 2014, the pair met up again, when Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, were hosting a conference called The Future of the Past. It looked at the Holocaust, genocide and mass trauma in the 21st century and Delohery's artwork was used to promote the conference. The friendship was rekindled and Thomas has been very fortunate to get to spend time with Sandra and Henri Korn on a regular basis.

The next logical step, according to Thomas, was to ask Henri to sit for him so he could try and paint that wonderful presence that Henri exudes.

Thomas said he was beside himself when he got news last Friday that he was named a finalist with his painting of Henri Korn, simply called I'm Still Here.

He explained how this nomination came about.

When I moved to Melbourne in 2010, in a lot of respects, I had to start again, from trying to get exhibitions to art teaching. Australian artists had mentioned to me about the top three portrait competitions here, the Black Swan Portrait Prize, the Doug Moran Portrait Prize and the Archibald Prize. I put in twice for the Archibald, first with Henri Korn and then with actor/director, Jarred Harris. I got good press but I didn't get selected. Thousands put in for these prizes so the competition is huge. I put in for the Doug Moran last year and didn't make it either. This is my first time putting in for the Black Swan Prize so you can imagine my shock when I logged on and I saw my portrait of Henri staring back at me in the finalists section. I logged back out and logged back in to see if it would still be there, as if I was dreaming it, he said.

He explained that Henri is now 87 and his health hasn't been great lately.

I think my portrait of him getting into the Black Swan and to have it on display in the Art Gallery of WA (Western Australia) will do him the world of good. Becoming a finalist with my portrait of Henri is, for me, the real prize; getting the accolade of winner of the Black Swan Portrait Prize 2016 would be the icing on the cake, he concluded.

The finalists' work will be on sisplay from October 8 at the Art Gallery of WA and the outright winner of the Black Swan Portrait Prize wiill be announced later that week.


By Rose Rushe

LSAD artist shortlisted for Australia's richest portrait prize

The LSAD trained art Thomas Delohery is a finalist in the Black Swan Portrait Prize 2016 in Western Australia. Delohery now lives in Melbourne and has been resident in Oz for years, having been awarded a Distinguished Talent Visa.

The subject of the Clare painter's entry is Holocaust survivor Henri Korn who works in the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne.

Korn has written autobiographical works, Saviours: The Story of a Jewish Altar Boy and My Past is my Future; he would like to use Delohery's artwork on the cover of his lateast publication.

Black Swan finalist's work will be on display from October 8 at the Art Gallery of WA and the winners of three sponsored prizes totalling 77,500 announced a week later.

Delohery keeps close links to home and was judge last year to the annual Richard Harris Portrait Competition, a sidebar to the film festival which this year will open on October 27 to run to five days over the bank holiday weekend.



Harris the focus of Mills artist's new work

MAD Men star Jared Harris sat for O'Callaghan's Mills artist Thomas Delohery, so that he could compete for the Archibald Prize 2016. As well as being a renowned actor in his own right, Jared Harris is a son of the late Richard Harris.

Thomas first met his subject in Kilkee on the day a statue was being unveiled in honour of Richard Harris in October 2006. The next day, Jared and some friends and relatives went to see the first of Thomas's five tribute exhibitions to his father.

After drawing Jared from life, Delohery started the background/surface of the main painting by doing six further studies of Jared Harris in various roles from The Notorious Bettie Page, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Madmen Sherlock Holmes.A Game of Shadows, Lincoln and the Devil's Violinist. He then incorporated these studies onto the surface of his painting and drew and painted an overall image of Jared over them.

The painting took more than seven months to complete and is called Actor Jared Harris: More than the Some of his Parts.

Thomas said, When I was working on my paintings of Jared Harris, I was very much inspired not just by Jared's abilities as a character actor but also by an old black and white photograph I saw once of Irish-born painter Francis Bacon. Some of the six studies are slightly visible but the main image of Jared is more, larger than the sum of the other parts.

Thomas is now based in Australia and has had dozens of exhibitions around the world in England, Germany and Canada, as well as Ireland and Australia.

Some of the themes Thomas has dealt with include racism, Apartheid, the Vietnam War, hostage-taking in Cambodia and the war in the Balkans. By Owen Ryan.


Limerick artist eyes Australia's Archibald prize

Actor Jared Harris, the star of Mad Men and son of Limerick's most famous thespians, sat for Limerick artist Thomas Delohery for these sketches.

Delohery, who used to live on the Ennis Road but now resides in Australia, undertook these portraits for the prestigious Archibald Prize 2016. Finalists will be announced on July 7. The artist was in Limerick late last year in his role as artistic curator of the portrait competition under the Richard Harris International Film Festival, and got Jared to sit for him.

The pair first met in Kilkee when the statue was unveiled in honour of Richard Harris in 2006. After drawing Jared from life, Delohery started the background/surface of the main painting by doing six further studies of Jared Harris in his various roles from The Notorious Bettie Page, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Mad Men, Sherlock Holmes.A Game of Shadows, Lincoln and Paganini, the Devil's Violinist.

Delohery then incorporated these 6 studies onto the surface of his painting and then drew and painted his overall image of Jared Harris over them. The painting took over seven months to complete. The artwork is called, Actor Jared Harris: More than the some of his parts.

When I was working on my painting of Jared Harris, I was very much inspired not just by Jared's abilities as a character actor but also by an old black and white photograph I saw one time of Irish born painter Francis Bacon, he said.



Delohery named Artistic Curator For Harris Festival

By Newsdesk - August 5, 2015

International Visual Artist Thomas Delohery from O'Callaghan's Mills has been named the Artistic Curator for The Richard Harris International Film Festival 2015.

This will be the last year the Festival uses Delohery's artwork to promote the Festival as one of his first duties in his new position is to promote an Image Competition to replace him.

The RHIFF is looking for a new image of Richard Harris and has issued a call-out to all Visual Artists, whether trained or self-taught. The Artwork can be a painting or drawing. The winning image will promote the Film Festival for 2016. All details are on their website.

Thomas Delohery, renowned Actor/Director Jared Harris of Madmen fame, Award Winning Fashion Designer Natalie B.Coleman and Richard's lifelong friend Billy O'Reilly from the USA will be the four judges.

Delohery is also doing 60 Limited Edition prints of his image Richard Harris. Munster Forever. They will be signed by Delohery with a handful signed by the Harris Family as well. These limited edition prints are for sale and can be pre-ordered from the RHIFF website before the Film Festival.

Delohery and his wife Sandra Minchin Delohery will be coming home for the event this October 23-25. Sandra is a PhD candidate at Deakin University in Melbourne. She is a renowned performance Artist and won a coveted grant from the Melbourne City Council this year. Sandra will be exhibiting in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra in 2016. Her parents were Dennis and Jean Minchin who lived in Killaloe.


Thomas's search to find the face of film festival

Trevor Quinn

WELL-known Clare artist, Thomas Delohery from O'Callaghan's Mills has been named the artistic curator for the Richard Harris International Film Festival (RHIFF) 2015 and he has said he is THRILLED by the accolade.

This will be the last year they use Thomas's artwork to promote the festival, as one of his first duties in his new position is to promote an image competition to replace him.

The RHIFF is looking for a new image of Richard Harris and they have issued a call-out to all visual artists, whether trained or self-taught, to submit an image. The artwork can be a painting or drawing and the winning image will promote the film festival for 2016. All details are on their website.

Thomas, Richard's son, renowned actor/director Jared Harris of Madmen fame; award-winning fashion designer, Natalie B Coleman and Richard's life-long friend, Billy O'Reilly from the USA, will be the four judges.

Thomas is also doing 60 limited-edition prints of his image, RICHARD HARRIS. MUNSTER FOREVER. They will all be signed by Thomas, with a handful signed by the Harris family as well. These limited-edition prints are for sale and can be pre-ordered from the RHIFF website before the festival.

Thomas and his wife, Sandra Minchin Delohery, both of whom are based in Australia, will be coming home for the event, which will take place from October 23 to 25.

Sandra is a PhD student at Deakin University in Melbourne. She is a renowned performance artist and won a coveted grant from the Melbourne City Council this year.

She will be exhibiting in the National Portrait Gallery inn Canberra in 2016. Her parents were Dennis and Jean Minchin, who lived in Killaloe.

Speaking to The Clare Champion, Thomas said he was THRILLED when he was asked to get involved.

I was so thrilled when Zeb Moore, Sylvia Moore and Rob Gill, the original and current directors of the festival, contacted me a few months back, about possibly joining their team and curating an image competition that would find the face of the Richard Harris International Film Festival 2016, he explained.

Thomas said that himself and the directors of the RHIFF have been working behind the scenes for the last few months, ironing out the deatails of the cometition, and he said they are expecting a very high standard.

The RHIFF directors and I would like the winning entry to sum up Richard's strong, raw presence, which he had on screen, theatre and in real life. The image needs to have good contrast so as to print well for promotional purposes.

Thomas said that actor/director, Jared Harris of Madmen fame and the middle son of Richard Harris has always hoped that the film festival would encompass the spirit and strong legacy that his father left behind.

Zeb, Sylvia and Rob have worked hard to make this a reality. I hope my inclusion as artistic curator of this image competition will help in some small way to support the vision that the RHIFF directors, their sponsors and the Harris family have for the future success of the film festival and Richard's legacy, he concluded.

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Thomas Delohery submits entry for Archibald Prize 2015.

By Mark Dunphy

Award-winning Clare Artist Thomas Delohery has created a spectacular portrait of author and Holocaust Survivor Henri Korn for the Aribald Prize 2015.

Delohery, who has just completed his entry for this year's prestigious Prize which will be held in the Art Gallery New South Wales, Australia, feels he has completed the most complete artwork of his career.

It has been a hugely rewarding experience for Delohery to draw and paint Author and Holocaust survivor Henri Korn. The first drawing of Henri was done from life nearly a year ago and it has taken Delohery almost the year to complete this piece. Delohery has always felt so much of the history of the process of making an artwork goes unseen, but not this time.

Delohery has depicted six A2 images of Henri initially thinking about the old passport photograph format, trying to visuall describe the two worlds that Henri inhabits, one the full of energy 85 year old writer and the other the traumatized child survivor, who when he closes his eyes is not just describing the event but it is reliving it.

In his portrait of Henri there are 62 different images of Henri, there is the main six images spread out like dis-guarded photographs but they are resting on 56 photographs of the making of those six large images but at different stages of the creative process. You get to see the uncomfortable main images of the two worlds that Henri inhabits but you also get a glimpse into the artist's world and how he visually creates and tries to make sense of Henri's story, so as to give a more unique portrait of writer, survivor and artists response to his muse.

Thomas Delohery is one of the most exciting contemporary visual artists who works in painting and drawing to hail from Ireland. His extraordinary work is challenging, thought proving and always visually stimulating. His expressionistic drawings and paintings have won him several awards, including a Distinguished Talent to Australia where he now resides.

He was educated at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and the University of Ulster, Belfast where he was awarded his Master's Degreee in Fine Art. He has had 43 Solo Exhibitions, several group shows and is exhibited and collected internationally.



Thomas Delohery is not directly connected to the Holocaust but he has developed a sensivity towards the subject because of his research, interviews,his humanitarianism, empathy and attempt to understand the event.
Rico Le Brun a postwar abstractionist and a non-jew insisted the Holocaust was a subject that no serious artist would neglect.
The dehumanization, humilation and mass murder of European Jewry by Nazis was an event of unparalleled proportion.
Like early Christian artists who tried to imagine the cruifixion of Jesus,artists are trying to artistically convey the horror and memory of the Holocaust.
Artists like Robert Morris,Christain Boltanski, Johnathan Borofsky, Anselm Kierfer and Sue Coe are the new generation of artists who are dealing with issues of digression and the suffering of mankind.Before them George Gross, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso made incomparable political statements and reflected on the violence of the century in many of their works.
In Thomas Deloherys work we see an artist who goes beyond trying to reproduce a memory or an event he did not experience,we find a silent and heartrendering amplication in his work of the fragility and brief duration in time of human beings who had no ordinary deaths.With each drawing we see small stories narrated with the atmosphere of death,they seem to announce the melancholy and desperation that the emotion of the end brings with it.
When someone dies it is the little memory that truly disappears, everything that they knew, their stories, their favourite books,the music they listened to.. their memories,everything that forms us and constructs us disappears when we die....this memory of the past belongs to everyone, a fragment of a memory, an indivual memory. Thomas Deloherys presents an imposing, uncomfortable and poetic collection of work that reminds us that everyone has a death of their own.
Thomas Delohery is an International Visual Artist who was born in Ireland. He has had 42 Solo Exhibitions and been part of 24 group exhibitions world wide, in such countries as, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Germany, Canada, and Australia.
He has serverval pieces of art work in both private and public collections including in the permanent art collection of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, and in the Wiener Library Institute of Contemporary History, London, UK (The world's oldest Holocaust Memorial Institution).
He has been awarded travel and mobility awards from the Arts Council, Ireland and also from Culture Ireland and he recently recieved a Distinguished Talent Visa from Australian Immigration.

By Sandra Minchin Delohery.


Tacit Contemporary Art Gallery, Melbourne

9th April, 2013. Officially opened by Dr. Adam Brown. Deakin University. (Dr. Adam Brown is the Author of two books. Judging Privileged Jews: Holocaust Ethics, Representation, and the Grey Zone. & Communication, New Media and Everyday Life.)


Dr Adam Brown, Deakin University

Many thanks to Tom and the staff of Tacit Art Gallery for having me here this evening. I feel very honoured to launch Night But No Morning – the latest testament to the power of Tom's art and the depth of his talent. As I'm sure many of you here know, Tom is a prolific and multi award-winning artist with a passion for his subject matter that permeates everything he does. He is fast approaching 50 solo exhibitions and has contributed to an additional 24 group exhibitions. When I first met Tom in Fremantle at a trauma conference in December 2008, I was instantly impressed with his personal integrity, the quality of his work, and his dedication to the remembrance of the Holocaust.

One noteworthy quality of Tom's artwork is that while he gestures to important facets of the Holocaust such as Jewish resistance, he never loses sight of the victims' suffering under Nazi persecution. Crucially, the way in which Tom understands and communicates the unprecedented nature of the event is heavily influenced by the Italian-Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, Primo Levi. This was reflected most directly in Tom's 2011 exhibition Shipwrecked in the Death Camps of Europe; however, Levi's testimony also impacts on this latest collection. As Levi emphasised in his meditation on the extreme dehumanisation confronting Jews in the camps, ‘our language lacks words to express this offence, the demolition of a man.' Reflecting the threat to pre-existing conventions and frameworks that the Holocaust entails, Tom's work simultaneously gestures to historical authenticity through its intertextual links with often well-known archival photographs while rejecting any mimetic recreation of events. Implicitly gesturing to the paradox of comprehending the

incomprehensible, Tom guides the viewer only so far along the road to understanding while allowing one's subjectivity and imagination to make sense of his traumatic imagery.

My own research and teaching in Holocaust studies over the years (including my own indebtedness to the writings of Primo Levi) no doubt frames the prism through which I view Tom's evocative and provocative artwork. I can't help but relate many of the pieces to historical and cultural debates which have not been – and most likely never will be – resolved. Tom told me earlier that part of the inspiration for many of these paintings was to ‘bring fear back into secluded areas', to reveal that which is not meant to be revealed. This works on two levels, as not only was the nature of the Nazis' intentions shrouded in secrecy to deceive their victims – a secrecy Tom's artwork subverts – but the settings and experiences with which Tom's paintings are primarily concerned have often been marginalised by scholars, artists and commentators alike. The overwhelming focus on gas chambers and concentration camps has only relatively recently been joined by increased attention to Jewish experiences in the forests of Eastern Europe, whether it be as victims of mass shootings or as members of the partisans. The presence of women in resistance groups is also highlighted in the exhibition without resorting to gendered stereotypes or the voyeuristic tendencies of much popular Holocaust culture, contributing in its own way to countering the male-dominated conceptualisation of the event.

Yet I find the ambiguity of Tom's work to be its most compelling – and most important – feature. To take one example, the open mouth and hollowed eyes of one soldier about to shoot a kneeling man in the back of the head generates an emotive expression that resists clear-cut meaning. On the one hand, this characterisation might be taken to connote laughter and a disturbing pleasure on the part of the perpetrator, while on the other hand, it might be interpreted as

gesturing to the reluctance, hesitation (and in some cases trauma) that perpetrators experienced – something that does not absolve them, but should nonetheless be acknowledged. The debate over perpetrator behaviour was sparked in the 1990s by Daniel Goldhagen's controversial study entitled Hitler's Willing Executioners, which argued that perpetrators were invariably and solely motivated by what he termed ‘exterminationist anti-Semitism'. In the years since, many scholars have countered this mono-causal view by pointing to the role of financial benefit, career advancement, the bureaucratisation of murder, and peer pressure. The debate is ongoing.


Primo Levi in Australia

by Mirna Cicioni

The Irish artist Thomas Delohery, whose work has centred on the Holocaust for the last thirteen years and who acknowledges Levi as one of his main sources of inspiration, has had well-attended exhibitions in Australia; the latest )Shipwrecked in the Death Camps of Europe, held at the Tacit Contemporary Art gallery, Melbourne, in March-April 2011) owes its title to Levi's remark that liberation from the camps was a feeling comparable to being shipwrecked.


 Thomas Delohery's opening 29.3.2011.

Shipwrecked in the death camps of Europe.

One doesn't usually associate the Holocaust with art. Thinking about the Holocaust one thinks of starvation, murder and extermination on an unprecedented scale but certainly not art. And yet, strange as it may seem, art was made during the Holocaust. We all know about the deception that was Terezenshtat but art was made even in the death camps. There was even an art museum in Auschwitz between 1941 and 1943. This museum displayed Nazi sanctioned art works made by the inmates for the pleasure of the German guards and soldiers. For me this Nazi museum at Auschwitz has become a powerful symbol of the Nazi pathologically twisted sense of culture. Just as they perverted every aspect of what's human, lawful or civilized, they also perverted art. The Nazis lust for racial purity and ideological world domination resulted in turning cruelty and suffering into an art form. No wonder that just after the Holocaust various cultural thinkers argued that art must fall mute when addressing the Holocaust - that no image could represent its meaning. Or as the German philosopher Adorno put it so eloquently in 1955: to write a poem after the Holocaust is barbaric...

The abyss of the Holocaust presented a huge challenge for artists. How could one even begin to approach the subject through art? And yet, not surprisingly there was an immediate response by painters, poets and writers with the best weapon available to them - their art. So as soon as the news about the concentration camps begun to filter out in 1945 no lesser fifure than Picasso attempted to paint a picture about the Holocaust, titled The Charnel House. Since then, there has been a long line of artists around the world that continue to deal with the Holocaust. For some it has become an all consuming subject.

As stated in the flyer accompanying this exhibition Tom has over the past 13 years focussed primarily on one theme in his art practice - the Holocaust. He became ineterested in the subject of the Holocaust during his student days in Ireland. He went on to complete a course on the Holocaust at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, has visited numerous Holocaust museums around the world, interviewed Holocaust survivors - just to get some insight into this incomprehensibly gruesome event that has scarred humanity. This human tragedy has left an enormous, black hole on our collective consciousness - an emotional pit. Tom's art doesn't just rely on what he knows about the Holocaust, he is perhaps even more inspired and propelled by the depth of his emotional response to the event. One of his artistic influences is drawn from the Jewish painter Chaim Soutine. Soutin painted nature by capturing the inherent violence and beauty of it at the same time. Tom adopts Soutine's love of the expressive, the strength of colour, the immediacy of the brush stroke and an appreciation of beauty - even in the vulgarity of suffering.

He begins with a photograph which to him is evidence, a record, a truth. He then edits it by focusing in on the idea he feels. These photographic images are taken from books, official records or exhibits, usually of people in concentration camps. These photographic images of people are transformed by his process of painting into a distressed space filled with eroded, pock marked, broken images. They turn into what appear to become dead, feral animal carcasses, resembling road kill at times. Carcasses of a strange species displaced and discarded in a spiritually frozen world. That is what has become of these once full human beings after they have been ravaged by the Holocaust.

Tom's painting drawings are made up of a multitude of short, urgent strokes of pastel or paint. They become a kind of automatic handwriting. Apart from this personal text, he often incorporates printed text into his works as in the portraits that we see here tonight. This text is taken from the multitude of rules and regulations that governed the camps, collaged onto the paper and drawn over. Perhaps Tom is suggesting that these depicted individuals were absorbed into the rules and regulations by which they existed to such an extent that they became these rules. Together with the tattooed number on their arm, they became what Primo Levi called Muselman's - ghosts, hardly human, their human identity having been ripped out from them. They stare out at us blankly and non-judmentally. They almost seem to ask - is this what has become of us? Is this what we are capaple of doing to each other? Most of the paintings in this exhibition present us with images slightly out of focus, almost shadows or stains of a once vibrant humanity. They are disturbing, unnerving, uncomfortable to look at, yet they draw us into their world and don't let go! The cry of never again in response to the Holocaust has become rather hollow in light of recent history. So perhaps a more relevant outcry should be - never forget. Tom's art is an act of memorialising the Holocaust.

The title of this exhibition is taken from a quote by Primo Levi's who referred to his liberation from the death camps - that it made him feel like being shipwrecked. Freedom and liberation must have hit all survivors like a huge, emotional tsunami. the question facing them was - what now? How do we begin to act human again? And indeed, if we take an overview of this exhibition, each painting captures a moment of this shipwreck of humanity; disoriented, dead or dying like bits of human flotsam in a sea of disbelief. For me, each of these paintings is a piece of the raft that makes me feel like I'm floating in a sea of human debris of the Holocaust. In front of these picture I feel totally helpless, disoriented and dislodged - shipwrecked in fact.

In my view the power of art is the fact that it can make the intangible visible. This exhibition is perfect example of that power.

I wish Tom every success.

Victor Majzner


Interrogating Trauma Collective Suffering in Global Arts and Media.

Edited by Mick Broderick and Antonia Traverso. First published 2011 by Routedge.

Visual Artists Vicky Smith (England) and Thomas Delohery (Ireland), who respectively provided the images for the conference programme and this publication's front cover.


The Sunday Business Post. Agenda. Ireland's cultural and lifestyle magazine.

By Helen Boylan

Since 1997, Clare artist Thomas Delohery's work has centred on the theme of the Holocaust. For the most part, it pays tribute to those who perished in it and honours their courage, suffering, humanity and various ways of resisting the Nazis. More than just people died in the Holocaust says Delohery. I think a certain part of humanity did.

An exhibition called If This is a Man express these themes across across his works of mixed media on paper. Holocaust survivor Suzi Diamond opened his exhibition earlier this week.

If This is a Man, by Thomas Delohery, runs at Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow until September 27.


Sunday Independent

Exploring the actor in all his parts

Mary Leland on the work of an artist fascinated by the late actor Richard Harris.

WHEN does an iterest become an obsession? the question might well be prompted by the opening next week of the first of no fewer than five exhibitions by an artist fascinated by the life, career and personality of the late actor Richard Harris.

The artist is Clare-born Thomas Delohery, a graduate of the University of Ulster and a painter of large themes and ideas. Over the last few years Delohery, who works in Limerick, has been engaged on a series of paintings depicting aspects of the Holocaust, and it seems something of a step to move from that particular subject to the images and issues relating to an actor.

Of course it could be argued that an actor is more than the sum of his parts: in creating characters he or she expands beyond the ordinary boundries of life. This biographical challenge is the one chosen by the painter who presents the first exhibition at the Friar's Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Limerick, from October.

On that occasion the Harris family will be present almost en masse: sons Jared, Damien and Jamie will be accompanied by brothers Bill, Ivan and Noel in celebration of a famous life well-lived. In his promotional statement Delohery expresses his motivating sense of loss: How could somebody as large in life and stature as Richard Harris simply fade out of our esistence? The answer, of course, is that Harris could fade just as others have faded; in my case I have to admit that Harris didn't have any great impact on my life, so I can't quite share Delohery's mourning. All the same, even as I write this, I think of The Field and that towering performance in what is John B Keane's finest play.

That was a great talent and yes, it will be missed. So if I hadn't thought there was any noticeable lack of respect due to the man or his work perhaphs I simply wasn't interested enough to notice. Not so Delohery. When Harris died on October 2002 there was, he writes, a deadly silence and a lot of unanswered questions. Harris had seemed in life to rage against most things, even most people.

Again and again Delohery touches on this question of struggle: the actor wrestled, he fought on, had a charging life-force, went at things headlong. In his statement, which is almost an essay, Delohery asserts that Harris is an ispiration to all Irish people, largely because he was the first Irish actor to penetrate the Hollywood scene.

While film historians might argue with that claim - I suspect even Harris himself might have argued agaist it - it probably is true that Harris, in his generation at least, ensured that Irish actors could be given mainstream film roles, rather than type-cast as priests and policemen.

I think Richard was a good ambassador not only for Limerick and Ireland, but also for how one should approach life, writes Delohery. He seemed to go at it headlong, with few, if any, apologies. He took all it had to offer, the good and the bad, and continued to struggle for more right up to the very end. He fought tooth and nail for what he wanted and what he believed in.

Fighters of that kind often leave a few victims in their wake, not all of them intentional, but artist on artist rarely measures the depth of blood on the carpet; perhaps Delohery is aware of that little sympathetic complicity in his own assessment - could it be called an identification? - for he admits to Harris having a tormented spirit. But this is all speculative, with only a small percentage of the public persona truly related to the private individual, his hopes, his home and family.

Although Delohery was in Limerick at the time of the memorial service he didn't attend because he didn't know it was happening. It's only now, four years later, that he is able to mount these exhibitions as a way of saying farewell. The shows will be linked only by their subject, as each is built around a different theme.

The first at Kilmallock is the cumulative one, treating different aspects of the life; then Richard Harris; Anything is Possible will be opened by poet Desmond O'Grady at the actor's former school Crescent College in Limerick on November 3; Limerick Race Course is the venue for From Dickie Harris to Richard Harris from December 26; John B Keane's son Bill will open Richard Harris, The Bull McCabe at St John's Arts Theatre in Lostowel, and John Williams will preside at the final session, Kilkee, Richard Harris's Spiritual Home on March 9 at the Ramada Kilkee Bay Hotel.



A life in the hard lane

There can be no denying that every line and wrinkle on this most familiar face was well-deserved. Richard Harris' was a life hard-lived and featured a veritable kaleidoscope of moods, many of which artist Thomas Delohery has successfully depicted in his exhibition Richard Harris: The Bull McCabe.

Running for the rest of the month in St John's Theatre and Arts Centre in Listowel, co Kerry, this is the fourth of five tribute shows Delohery has put together to celebrate the late and great Harris.

The particular focus of this one is Harris' legendary performance in John B Keane's The Field, when his chilling portrayal of the most weathered Bull McCabe left no one in any doubt about the power of the bull's roar.

Delohery is an artist who never gets involved with a project lightly. Since 1997, he has concentrated on the theme of the Holocaust, spending a long time studying in Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, followed by related studies in Poland and Lithuania to create a number of powerful exhibitions.


In 2004, he turned his attention to this Limerick actor and has been obsessed by him ever since. The resulting work was given the ultimate seal of approval when Harris' three sons and his brother all bought pieces at the first tribute show. According to them, Delohery has captured the real essence of their father. And they should know.


City's failure to honour Harris almost criminal

By Aine Fitzgerald

Limerick Leader.

LIMERICK city's failure to honour Richard Harris properly was described as almost criminal by at the opening of a tribute to the actor in Friars' Gate Theatre, Kilmallock.

Clare artist Thomas Delohery was speaking at the opening of his exhibition, Richard Harris: A Life. To say that a tribute to Richard in his home town is overdue is an understatement - it is almost criminal, he said. Mr Delohery paid tribute to the staff at Friars' Gate and the manager Caoimhe Reidy, for having the vision to host a show in honour of one of Limerick's and Ireland's most important sons. Family, friends and fans of the late actor converged on the East Limerick venue last Sunday for the official opening of the mixed media exhibition which consists of 44 pieces is dedicated to the life and times of the Limerickman.

Mr Harris' son Jamie, recalled a time when his father took him to view an exhibition to give him artistic direction in his life. Standing in front of one abstract painting, Jamie recalled that Richard announced: Maybe we would appreciate it more after a pint of Guinness, earning a chorus of laughter from the Friars' Gate audience.

When asked what his father would have thought about all the commotion in his honour over the weekend, he said: We have been talking about that, and we think that he probably would have stayed in the pub, but he would have loved it.

Jamie also complimented Mr Delohery on his depictions of his father which include Mr Harris as the Bull McCabe, King Arthur and on the beach in Kilkee.

After the opening audience members, who also included Richard's two other sons, Jared and Damian, and his brother Billy, were treated to a poetry reading by Limerick poet Mark Whelan. As poems such as Portrait of Harris as King Arthur and A Portrait of Harris as Bull McCabe, were read aloud, silent footage of the actor's Oscar-nominated performance in The Field played in the background.

The night ended with an invitation to drinks in Charlie St George's pub in Parnell Street in the city, one of Richard Harris' old haunts. Richard Harris: A Life runs at Friars' Gate Theatre until October 25.



Richard Harris festival showcases work of Clare artist


Two images of Richard Harris by Clare Artist Thomas Delohery are being used to promote the Richard Harris International Film Festival 2014.

The Film Festival runs in Limerick from 24-26th October 2014. All three of Richard's sons are expected to attend this year.

Jared Harris of Madmen, The Quiet Ones, Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows and The curious case of Benjamin Button fame couldn't attend last year due to being on location in Canada. It was Jared Harris who supplied Thomas Delohery with the personal photograph of his Dad outside a Munster game that inspired the image, Richard Harris. Munster Forever.

The title of the piece was inspired by Actor Russell Crowe's (good friend of Richard's since making Gladitor together) tweet Munster forever!!! to a Leinster fan when the fan said, come back to Dublin and we'll bring you to a real rugby game#Leinster Rugby.

Jared's reaction to the new art work of his Dad by Thomas Delohery was, Love this pic

For a selection of work by Thomas Delohery click here.

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