Cornelius Delaney was born in Melbourne Australia.  When he was 16 he attended "Fish Custard", an exhibition of surrealist and dada art . 

This profoundly influenced his ideas about what an artist could do.

“In 1974 my parents attended a series of neighbourhood meetings to discuss the UFO sightings that were apparently becoming more frequent at that time. I remember staring out my bedroom window at the stars in the night sky, kind of terrified about who was out there looking down on me, but also fascinated by the prospect of meeting them. My drawings from this time were filled with dinosaurs destroying villages and eating people. I think that worried my father.”

A passion for the absurd stayed with him and many years later he wrote a PhD document about the Carnivalesque.


Delaney has been painting for more than 30 years and has exhibited all over the world.


Today, he is based in France where he continues.


2020  In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni : La Grange, Gap, France

2018  Œuvres Récentes, Salle Jean Despas, St Tropez, France

          Œuvres Récentes, L’Illustre Théâtre, Pézenas, France

2017  Post Natural, Le Café du Peuple, Veynes, France

          Zombie Apocalypse, Le Cure Cafè, Upaix, France

2015  Biennale d'art Contemporain, Grenoble, France

2014  Portrait Of The Artist As...  Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK

          In Conversation.  Elizabeth Cowen University, Perth Australia

2013  Psychic Hairdo, 24HR Art Gallery, Darwin Australia

2011  Here &/Or There: Art From Northern Australia. Charles Darwin University

          Here &/Or There: Art From Northern Australia. Jogja Gallery, Jogjakarta Indonesia

          Quit Smoking In the Land of The Dual-Arsed Cow. Solo exhibition of recent paintings at Charles Darwin University

2010  The Profound Darkness of Its Heart, Next Art Gallery, Lismore NSW Australia

2009  Weruh Sadurang Wanara, Jatiwangi Art Factory, West Java, Indonesia

2008  A Visual Guide to Australian Values (The new Aussie cringe) Group exhibition at Next Art Gallery, Lismore NSW

          Wit Works, Video installation at Next Art Gallery, Lismore NSW

          Sydney Art Fair, October 

          Brisbane Art Fair, June 

          Melbourne Art Fair, May 

2007  A Farewell to Meat, Solo exhibition of paintings, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore NSW

          Disturbance, At The Vanishing Point Gallery, Newtown, NSW

          Border Art Prize, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW

2006  Southern Cross University Acquisitive Artists' Book Award, Lismore NSW (First prize)

          Shades Of White, Group exhibition of paintings – Next Art Gallery, Lismore NSW

          Bad Town, Solo exhibition of paintings – Next Art Gallery, Lismore NSW

2005  Next in Byron, Group exhibition of drawings – Next Art Gallery, Byron Bay NSW

2004  The King of Australia, Solo exhibition of sculptural work – Norco Art Space, Lismore NSW

2003  Liminosity, Honours graduation exhibition. SCU, Lismore NSW



2014 -   Artist

2011-14 Studio Lecturer (Visual Arts) Charles Darwin University NT, Australia

2004-11 Studio Lecturer (Painting) Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW, Australia

1962-2004 Artist


Delaney, C. 2008. 'A Farewell To Meat: Rendering Ambivalence & Transgression', PhD thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW

Available  HERE 



2008 PhD, Southern Cross University Lismore NSW Australia

2003 Honours (First Class), Southern Cross University Lismore NSW Australia

2002 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Southern Cross University Lismore NSW Australia


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