About the Artist:
Michael Delohery was born in 1974. He grew up in Clare but has been living and working in Limerick, for the past 13 years.
He was accepted into Limerick art College at 16.
His college work was very graphic in nature and technique. The focus of his work was based on such human tragedies as the murder of toddler James Bolger. It was the view back then that the media was to blame.
The idea of “Power” through images intrigued him.
He then made the decision to work in a more subtle way, investigating some of the more unnoticed tragedies. The talents we don’t use, the life half lived the sins we cannot forgive of ourselves or of others, these became the driving nature behind his work.
“Before he begins painting Michael writes some text, with glue, which is to act as a reactionary element, to the image he will then overlay”.
Michael joined Contact Studios in 2007 and intends to continue to work there for the foreseeable future.
Statement of Work/ Statement of Self
What appear to be moments of calm or quiet that can hide inner chaos and creativity. My paintings are a way of representing my search for these moments in myself and in my images.
Most of my paintings have text written under the image that can quiet literally give clues to the underlying conflict. This text is in relief which is direct attack with the two-dimensional qualities of the paintings.
Some people are blind to beauty and exist in a world of grey. They have eyes but refuse to see. Like those on peacock’s feathers their eyes exist for decoration only
There is both a natural beauty all around us and a manufactured beauty produced by artists. My artwork is an attempt to pay homage to both.