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Brian Whelan


Brian Whelan

Brian Whelan
A black and white picture of Brian Whelan
Brian Whelan, 2009
Born (1957-05-03) 3 May 1957
Ealing, London.

Brian Whelan (born 3 May 1957) is an Irish painter,[1][2] and author.

Works and exhibitions

A painting by Brian Whelan of St George and the Dragon (2010)

Whelan's painting The Martyrdom of St. Edmund permanently hangs in the Lady Chapel of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St. Edmund, England.;[3] His images are used on the Shane MacGowan website; and the cover and contents of The Popes 2009 CD Outlaw Heaven and 2012 CD New Chuch.

In addition to painting religious subjects, Whelan paints London—-the city of his birth—-using multiple perspectives and contradictory scales, bending, twisting, and organising the urban chaos into harmony.

In 2009, Whelan co-curated The Quiet Men – London Irish Painters, the first major international tour (UK, Spain and US) of contemporary London Irish art.[4] At the PM Gallery in Ealing, London Whelan first showed his large (2.7m x 3.6m)polyptych Transmetropolitan painting – an immigrants' joyride across the city of London and reference to the song of the same name by Shane MacGowen.In addition to Whelan's work, The Quiet Men tour included paintings by four other London Irish painters: Bernard Canavan, John Duffin, Dermot Holland and the late Daniel Carmody.[5] The book by the same name published by The Irish World Newspaper was launched in 2010 by the Irish Embassy in London.[6]


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  3. ^ Collins, Ian. "A king's saintly image redrawn," Eastern Daily Press, 15 Nov.
  4. ^ Donohoe, Victoria 'Immigrants' story at Villanova show' Philadelphia Inquirer 3 September 2009
  5. ^ Millar, Frank. "The Quiet Men." Irish Times, 17 March 2009
  6. ^ Roseberry, Wendy ed. London Irish Painting, Irish World Newspaper, London, 15 October 2010
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