Thomas Delohery


Thomas Delohery is an Irish International Visual Artist now based in Melbourne. He has had 43 Solo Exhibitions and been part of 24 group exhibitions world wide, in such countries as, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Germany, Canada and Australia. Delohery did the Artwork to promote the first International Richard Harris Film Festival 2013. There is an ongoing file on his work in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, where they have a piece of his Art in their 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 Kangan Institute, Richmond and Broadmeadows Campus, 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 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.

Important Group Exhibitions:

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 and Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows fame)

Actor Jamie Harris, UK and USA.

Director Damian Harris, 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, "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 Suzi Diamond, Ireland.

Holocaust Survivor Chavka 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, 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 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.

For a selection of work by Thomas Delohery click here.


Links to last Solo Exhibition opening: 


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.



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.

"Night but no morning" by Thomas Delohery will be mentioned on Monday the 8th and Tuesday the 9th of April at 7pm on Friday Arts Diary. 


Tacit Contemporary Art Gallery, Melbourne

9th April, 2013

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.

Tom’s close-up depiction in another painting of an anonymous yet at the same time individualised German soldier evokes the dilemma of coming to terms with the fact the perpetrators were not sadistic monsters, but human beings (albeit deeply flawed ones). This painting evokes for me a similar impression to that offered in a poem entitled ‘Nightmare’, fittingly written by the Irish poet Michael O’Siadhail. Exploring the complexities of the behaviour of Police Battalion 101, which was responsible for shooting around 40,000 Polish Jews and deporting an even greater number to their deaths, the poem ambivalently portrays the aftermath of the battalion’s first massacre in Józefów, a small town in Poland:

Back at the barracks horror sinks in.

Dismayed or angry they begin to drink.

Oblivion of the bitter and afraid. Again

Trapp will calm his men, tell them

others are accountable. Orders are orders.

Best not to dwell on it. But those not

in the forest will neither ask nor pry

and those who were will try to forget.

Suppressed despair. Józefów

a taboo by concensus and self-excuse.

Jews were doomed no matter what,

so one more shot counted for little.

Not everybody can yet execute infants,

but one could only shoot the youngest

as he just can’t bear to leave an orphan.

Some men declare they’d go mad

If they ever had to do the like again.

One wakes the night after Józefów

riddling a barracks roof with bullets.

The serendipitous intersections between the works of Irish artist and Irish poet (who I know is a great admirer of Tom’s) would seem a fitting point with which to end. So I’d like to finish by thanking Tom once again for letting me be part of this special event and for providing us all with a thoroughly moving and thought-provoking exhibition. And I look forward to seeing what’s next... 


Thomas Delohery was commissioned to do the main artwork to promote the first Richard Harris International Film Festival 2013. The Festival was on in Limerick City, Ireland, Richard's home town on the 6th, 7th and 8th of December 2013. This was a real honour for Delohery. Richard's oldest son Damian Harris and his granddaughter Ella Harris(famed for being the person who convinced Richard to take the role in the Harry Potter movies) were in attendance.

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