'If This is a Man'

Exhibition of Mixed Media Artworks on Paper by Thomas Delohery
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From Tuesday 15th September to Sunday 27th September 2009


Signal Arts Centre is pleased to present this collection of work by Clare artist Thomas Delohery. Thomas studied at the National college of Art & Design in Dublin, The University of Ulster, Belfast and Yad Vashem: the International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem. He has had thirty seven solo shows to date, in Ireland, London, Germany,Canada and Australia. He has received numerous awards: five Travel and Mobility Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, a European Association for Jewish Culture Grant, a grant from Culture Ireland, a Scholarship from Vad Vashem Jerusalem; he was the first Irish recipient of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre International Bursary Scheme to Bavaria in Germany and has received three separate Artist's Support Grants from Clare County Council and an Aer Lingus Travel Award.


His work since 1997 is mainly to do with the theme of the Holocaust. It is expressive in nature and he is just as fascinated about the process of making work as he is about the theme that drives it. His art bears witness to what happened. It is an ongoing memorial to those who perished. It honours their courage, suffering, humanity, and various ways of resisting. It shows the need for religious as well as cultural tolerance to make absolutely sure that history will never repeat itself on such a massive, horrific scale. He states, 'More than just people died in the Holocaust, I think a certain part of humanity did.'


Holocaust Survivor Suzi Diamond is doing Delohery the huge honour of officially opening his exhibition on the 17th of September at 7pm. Renowned Irish Artist John Shinnors has said of Thomas Delohery's Art, 'One thing that is hugely evident is that he is a marvellous draftsman and he is able to pull off these images that evoke cruelty and repression', (The Irish Examiner). Is Bismark right, that the only thing we learn from history, is that we don't learn from history?


Visit Thomas Delohery's Website here


The Exhibition will be opened by Holocaust survivor Suzi Diamond


Opening Reception: Thursday 17th September 7-9pm