Brian Whelan

Mixed Media Painting
Brian Whelan's Waterford Studios
15640 Second Street Waterford, VA 20197
Waterford/Leesburg, Stop #13

Transmetropolitan, mixed media on 9 boards, 2009, 9ft x 12ft
Transmetropolitan, mixed media on 9 boards, 2009, 9ft x 12ft

Artist Statement

As a son of immigrants, I am no stranger to the effects and challenges of a new culture. Spending the last few years in the US with my American wife has given me another address, but the drive of my work remains the same: a search for a spiritual and metaphorical home, which finds some consolation in the subjects I choose to paint. These themes are often narratives drawn from life's comic tragedies, on both secular and religious planes.

Biography

Born in London of Irish parents, Brain was trained at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. His religious paintings are permanently installed in cathedrals and other religious organizations throughout England, Spain, Poland, and the US.

His secular work, can be found on the covers of numerous CDs and books. And his paintings are the subject of four publications and included in three anthologies.

Internationally, a 14 painting commission on the life of WWI heroine, Edith Cavell, began its international tour at the National Cathedral in Washington DC, stopped in Brussels, and arrived in Norwich, England for installation at Norwich Cathedral in September. In 2015, his London Irish works of art were exhibited at Westminster Hall in London.

Nationally, his 9' x 12' nontych painting 'Holy City' to commemorate the 15th year anniversary of 9/11 recently completed its exhibition at the Washington National Cathedral. In March, Unstable Gallery of Middleburg will be exhibiting my work in a solo show entitled 'Country Pursuits'. At the Foundry in Dupont Circle, Brian held a one man show at Duvall’s Design Gallery in Millwood, and his design was selected as the official logo for the annual "Shakespeare in the 'Burg" festival in Middleburg in 2014.

“The Cathedral has a rich history of featuring artwork that celebrates the glory of God and people of all faiths throughout the nation and we are proud to continue that tradition with the work of Brian Whelan. With his depiction of a world in which Christian churches, Islamic mosques and Jewish synagogues exist in harmony, Brian offers us a vision of true interfaith coexistence that is especially poignant ahead of the anniversary of one of the greatest American tragedies in recent memory.” —The Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral.

"Brian Whelan's bold, large scale paintings have immense physical presence. They're loaded with imagery and design, densely configured into a rich pattern of considerable complexity." —Victoria Donohoe, art critic, Philadelphia Inquirer

"...celebrated Irish artist..." —Charles Minter, Sotheby's Art Specialist

"Brian, keep your brush in your hand." —Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate

Death Rides a Pale Bike, mixed media on paper, 2014, 20in x 12in
Death Rides a Pale Bike, mixed media on paper, 2014, 20in x 12in
Flight Into Egypt, mixed media on board, 2015, 24in x 35in
Flight Into Egypt, mixed media on board, 2015, 24in x 35in
Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, mixed media on board, 2016 24in x 35in
Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, mixed media on board, 2016 24in x 35in
Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, mixed media on board, 2016, 30in x 24in
Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, mixed media on board, 2016, 30in x 24in
Devil and the Banjo, mixed media on board, 2015, 13in x 11in
Devil and the Banjo, mixed media on board, 2015, 13in x 11in
The Wild Wood, mixed media on board, 2016, 36in x 24in
The Wild Wood, mixed media on board, 2016, 36in x 24in
Holy City, mixed media on canvas, 2016 36in x 48in
Holy City, mixed media on canvas, 2016 36in x 48in
Whelan in front of large 9ft x 12ft Holy City nontych for Washington National Cathedral
Whelan in front of large 9ft x 12ft Holy City nontych for Washington National Cathedral
Brian Whelan in front of his studio with a 1957 Raleigh bicycle
Brian Whelan in front of his studio with a 1957 Raleigh bicycle
1790 historic home in national landmark village of Waterford
1790 historic home in national landmark village of Waterford

Offering on tour: Tour of Brian's 1790 home, studio, and gardens. Selection of his works on board, canvas, and paper.

Waterford/Leesburg Stop #13

Directions to Brian Whelan's Waterford Studios:

From Route 9 North, turn onto Clarkes Gap Road, turn left at Factory Street, then turn right on U shaped drive right before Second Street. Red brick house faces Second Street, drive entrance is off Factory Street.