Liffey Arts
Architecture BoatsLandscapesPortraitsStill LifeUnder Ben BulbenUnder Bare Ben BulbenAn Irish BroodSunflowersA Tall MastA Summer SailSummer RegattaSailing along the CoastSmall Sailboat20s and 12sDublin Georgian HomesThe American FarmMaine Coast IAmerican Farm IAmerican Farm IIMaine CoastRegatta DayRacing at the CurraghJohn Dorhy FishMaine CrabA Squire Rides his LandPlaza Athenee IILobsterman IILobsterman ILobster Boats, Penobscot BayLobsterboats, Penobscot BayLobsterboat, MaineIslesboro ClapboardIrish Elk IIOld Head of Kinsale  The Giant's CausewayStudy for Lake Isle of InnisfreeStudy for Irish Elk IIStudy for Irish Elk IIDublin Row HousesStudy for Song of the Wandering AonghusStudy for Down by the Sallie GardensStudy for the Wild Swans at CooleStudy for Lake Isle of InnisfreeOff the Blustery Maine CoastStudy for Fiddler of DooneyThe GPO 1916The East Galway HuntAn Irish HerdHorses for Irish KingsLes Orange
FashionistaBalyfin House, County Laois18th Century houses along the Grand Canal, DublinO'Connell Street, DublinIslesboro Lobster BoatDown by the Sallie GardenLake Isle of InnisfreeThe Fiddler of DooneyThe General Post Office, DublinAn Irish BroodIrish FlightArt Institute of ChicagoSummer Regatta, Penobscot BayPenobscot RegattaPenobscot RegattaSTE. JEANNE D'ARC, PATRONESS OF FRANCEGRENDLE LIGHTHOUSE, ISLESBORO, MAINEPOPE FRANCIS, 16"X16." ACRYLIC ON PAPERTEH ROOFTOPS OF PARIS, 6TH ARRONDISEMENTPORTRAIT: ERNEST HENINGWAY, THE RITZ, PARISFRESH IRISH FIELDS, COUNTY TIPPERARYAN IRISH CATCHPORTRAIT OF GERTRUDE STEIN, PARISTHE COPPER DOME OF RATHMINES CHURCH, DUBLINPORTRAIT OF JAMES JOYCE, PARISAN 18TH CENTURY ARRANGEMENT, LUCAN HOUSE BOTANICALS, COUNTY DUBLINGRINDAL POINT LIGHTHOUSE, ISLESBORO, MAINEPORTRAIT OF SEAN ESHAGHYLady Gregory's Roses of Coole Park, GalwayThe Earl of Westport' BoomsFinn MacCool"The Galway Races""Summer Roses, Castle Ellen House, County Galway"Ballyfin Demense, Ballyfin, Country Laios"RL Restaurant and Grill" - Ralph Lauren's signature Chicago restaurant"18 Century Irish Botanicals from Castletown House, County Meath, Ireland, home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Connolly""An Ancient Irish Elk with Great Antlers"Botanicals from the Garden of Finnstown House, Lucan, Country Dublin18th Century Irish Botanicals from Carton House - the Duke and Duchess of LeinsterIRISH LANDSCAPE FROM THE SEAFLOWERS IN THE FRENCH STYLEHotel Plaza Athenee
25 Rue Montaigne
ParisBattle for the LakefrontHIGH-RISE ON THE PRAIRIETulips in AmsterdamGerard Manley Hopkins, SJ
Portrait of the poet Dr. LeeShop Fronts on the Rue de Mouffatard, ParisAn Irish Cottage on the CoastFlowers from the Gardens of Leixlip Castle, County KildareThatched Cottage beside the SeaRed Tulips on the Zider ZeeSpring French BouquetFlowers in a vaseLobster Boats, Penobscot Bay, MaineGardeniaBlue BlossumsThere Archangel MichaelFrench IrisesSelf-portrait/Thomas J. O'GormanWhole Maine LobsterRue du Bac, Paris Irish President Michael D. HigginsA French Bouquet at the Start of the SummerA Collection of Summer BloomsFrench BloomsA Thatched Cottage in the Rural Irish Countryside of ConnemarraHaddonsfield House 18th CenturyMaine Lobster (Yellow)Inca GodHonorable Desmond GuinnessLord Edward FitzgeraldJohn Millington SyngeOliver St. John GogartyDesmond FitzGerald, the 22nd Knight of GlinIrish TravelersWilliam Butler Yeats, Irish Nobel PoetTraditional Irish Thatched CottageJames Joyce, WriterA Horserace along the Galway ShoreMaine Lobster, GreenHorse and Rider at the Water's EdgeA Chieftain's MareA Golden ChampionWhite and Blue Faced HorseAdirondack ChairJohn Lennon, BeatleLuxbar, ChicagoWoman in an Irish ChairRock Walled Fields in County GalwayAdam Scott Umbach
*THOMAS J. O'GORMAN - Art is a very human action...attempting to recreate the visual world through the personal filters of very ordinary human beings....for me painting is about translating human experience...imagery and texture...color and shape...all are tools for the function of this recreation...I know that I am driven by color...the use of color permits me the ability to speak volumes in symbol...so too is the style of shape that I use...all of this is married to rearrangement of the image...I used to say that I was an "anti-impressionist"...but in point of fact I believe that beyond my Irish proclivities I am an impressionist....the loose stroke of my brush...the swirling shape of my use of paint builds from nature and ultimately fashions an image that has a curious relationship to reality....painting for me is not about recreating a realistic picture...that's what photography is for...painting tells a story that is beyond the precise measurement of buildings or faces or landscape of views of the sea....the impressions from the eye of the artist present another way of looking and seeing and perhaps understanding something hidden in the original image...if I do this then I am most satisfied that I have done my job...I hope that it expands the vision of the viewer...we all need bigger worlds...more elaborate perspectives and more questioned realties.

Thomas J. O’Gorman is a painter, an avowed "anti-impressionist," with fauvist tendencies and Irish proclivities. He is also a Chicago writer, as well as the Historian-in-Residence of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago and the author of its centennial history. He writes frequently about Chicago art and architecture, history and politics. His most recent book is Chicago - Then and Now from the Air (2010). In 2004 he authored Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago (2004). He is a successful landscape painter and architectural artist.

For Thomas J. O’Gorman houses stand as significant metaphors in his painting. He says “Houses portend both extremes of social prosperity and social degradation in the cultural upheaval of Irish life during its long struggle for political independence. The ironic fact that so many examples of 18th century design still dot the countryside and cityscapes has a curious twist to it. They demonstrate something significant about the Irish in the past and the present. So in my work houses are really much more than they seem. They are more than their architectural structuring. They express cultural resilience and a surprising artistic understanding. In these houses the Irish continue to harvest the past and ennoble the present. I suspect that is why my canvases have a bright and blinding color tone.It is the same palette I use in trying to portray the landscape of the sea, the portraits of interesting people and the of everyday life. This summer I have worked on a series of 18 miniatures that focus on the geography of the island of Ireland. Ocean cliffs, wind-swept seas, horse shows and horse races are an important part of Irish summers, along with sailing and regattas. More arid and predictable is the sun in the south of France. I have included this remarkable landscape almost as a point of comparison with the wet Irish landscape. Among his portraits he includes the late Chicago mayor, Richard J. Daley, and the French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre. Each is a person of unique human character and curious facial texture. They were contemporaries.”*