Brian Whelan


Brian was trained at the Royal Academy of Art London.

His paintings have been exhibited and installed at Cathedrals and religious institutions worldwide:

International Tours of Exhibitions

Brian Whelan with Holy Cities art installation at National Cathedral
Brian (left) at National Cathedral in front of "Holy Cities"

"The Life of Rev. John Roberts"

2023 - 2024

Thirteen commissioned paintings for Rev. Dr. John Roberts premiered at the John Roberts Festival, and embarked on an international tour.
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"The Passion of Edith Cavell"

2014 - 2019

The international tour began in Washington, DC at the National Cathedral in 2014, with a stop in Brussels and its final resting place and installation at Norwich Cathedral during September/October 2015, the 100-year anniversary of Edith Cavell's execution. The paintings returned to Belgium in 2019, at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula to mark the Translation of Edith's body from Brussels to Norwich Cathedral.

"The Quiet Men"

2009 - 2010

This tour showcased works inspired by the Irish diaspora. The tour began at West London's PM Gallery, where award-winning journalist Fergal Keane opened the exhibition; moved on to the Celtic Fringe show at the Licco de Noya Institute in Galicia Spain; and the Villanova University Art Gallery in Philadelphia.

Publications and Films

Screenwriter of three produced films (one funded and archived by National Gallery of Art, London) and author of one play (premiered by Green Curtain Theatre Company on the London stage in 2018). Author of numerous books.


I think God has His hand on Brian... His art is so original and comes from within, which always makes people think.”

Art critic, Sister Wendy Beckett

Solo Exhibitions


The Life of Rev John Roberts of the Wind River Reservation WyomingCurrently on an International Tour


Public PersonasWestport River Gallery, Westport, Connecticut, USA


La Passion d'Edith CavellCathédrale des Sts Michel et Gudule, Bruxelles, Belgium

Head to HeadWaterford, Virginia, USA


Noli Me TangereWaterford, Virginia, USA

A Tragic CarmodyLondon, UK


Mystery of the MessageWaterford, Virginia, USA

Country PursuitsMiddleburg, Virginia, USA

Holy City, A Pilgrimage of SightWashington, DC, USA


Summer SolsticeWaterford, Virginia, USA


Winter SolsticeWaterford, Virginia, USA

The Passion of Edith CavellNorwich Cathedral, Norwich, UK

The Passion of Edith CavellBasilica of Koekelberg, Brussels, Belgium

Summer SolsticeWaterford, Virginia, USA


The Passion of Edith CavellWashington National Cathedral, Washington DC. USA

St. Ives CrossSt Ives Church, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK

Brian Whelan at Duvall’s DesignsMillwood, Virginia,USA


From Here…To EpiphanyMandell’s Gallery, Norwich, UK

Brentwood CrossBrentwood Cathedral, Brentwood, UK

Holy City CollectionArusha Art at The Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK


Mystery of the MessageSt Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Sq. London,UK

The Passion of St EdmundSt. Edmundsbury, Bury St. Edmunds, UK

Brian Whelan - London Illuminated 2012Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, London, UK

Brian Whelan - Un Peregrinaje para la MiradaClub Financiero Atlántico, La Coruna, Spain

Brian Whelan at Los Catolicos ParadorSantiago de Compostela, Spain


Brian Whelan at the CathedralNorwich Cathedral, Norwich, UK

Brian Whelan at St MartinsSt. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UK


Sacred SpaceThe Sacred Space Gallery, Notting Hill, London, UK

Saints and CitiesSt. Michael and All Saints, Barnes, London, UK

Ciudad SantaThe Jose Lorenzo Gallery, Santiago de Compostela, Spain


Christmas Show (solo)Hospital Arts, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK


A Casket of WondersSt. Edmundsbury Cathedral Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds, UK

Spirited TailsCrome Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Salvation – DamnationSt. Martin’s Window Gallery, London, UK


Holy GroundSt. Edmundsbury Cathedral Cloister Gallery, Suffolk, UK

Holy GroundCrome Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Whelan at City HallAt the invitation of the Mayor of London, Westminster, London, UK


Pillar of SaltSt. Benedict’s, Abbey Ealing, London, UK


The Feast Day of St. EdmundSt. Edmundsbury Cathedral Cloister Gallery, UK

Red Roads KampalaGolf Course Apartments, Kampala, Uganda

The Myth of ReturnHammersmith Irish Arts Centre, London, UK


We Three KingsThe Ellises, Stradbroke, Suffolk, UK

The Miracle of the Holy HouseChurch of Reconciliation, Walsingham, Norfolk, UK


The Holy HouseBenedictine Arts and Study Centre Gallery, London, UK

A Flag for the Irish DiasporaTricycle Theatre Gallery, Kilburn, London, UK


From Eternity to OblivionThe Irish Club, Eaton Square, London, UK


Night TrainLimelight Gallery, Lewisham, London, UK

Holy OrdersHammersmith Irish Arts Centre, Hammersmith, London, UK


The Abbot Hall Art GalleryKendal, Cumbria, UK

The Grundy GalleryBlackpool, Lancashire, UK


Vernon GalleryPreston, Lancashire, UK


Gallery SiauAmsterdam, Netherlands

It is rare to find a contemporary artist so confident in his portrayal of traditional religious themes.

Rev. Canon John McLuckie, St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh

Group Exhibitions


The Voices Project: ImmigrationMisercordia University, Dallas, PA

Transformation. Community. Holy CrossSt. Francis of Assisi Lecture - King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Guild Summer SalonSilvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT

Public PersonasWestport River Gallery, Westport, CT


LegacyRoyal Academy School East Anglia, Colchester, England, UK


The Prayer in the GardenVineyard Columbus Community Gallery, Delaware, Ohio, USA


Family in FlightSt. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, Columbus, Ohio, USA

We Three KingsVineyard Columbus Church, Columbus, Ohio, USA


Were you there?St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Delaware, Ohio, USA

On Main StreetByrne Gallery, Middleburg, Virginia, USA

London Irish Art Exhibition 2015Westminster Hall, London, UK


Out of the ColdThe Foundry, Washington DC, USA

Cabin FeverByrne’s Gallery, Middleburg, Virginia, USA


Art AliveAssembly House, Norwich, UK

Cley 13 Flight of the SpoonbillCley, Norfolk, UK

St Ives Sacred Art ExhibitionSt Ives Church, Cornwall, UK

East Anglia Group – Royal AcademyMandell’s Gallery, Norwich, UK

Deck of Cards18/21 Gallery, Norwich, UK


Art Alive!Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Arts Auction, London, UK

All Things ChristmasAssembly House Christmas Exhibition, Norwich, UK

Cley 12 Aisle and AirCley Church, Cley, Norfolk, UK

Journeying Towards EasterBlythburgh, Suffolk, UK


Flying Colours Fascinating FormsAssembly House, Norwich, UK

Ad LiminaSalthouse ‘11 Church, Salthouse, Norfolk, UK

“The Class of…”Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK


The Quiet MenThe Art Gallery, Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA

Summer ShowcaseDoric Arts, Holt, Norfolk, UK

Summer ShowThompsons Gallery, London, UK


Our Books Our LivesSi Nordic Arts Centre, Beijing, China

Visionaries Greenbelt FestivalCheltenham, UK

Salt of the Earth, Salthouse ’09Salthouse, Norfolk, UK

Celtic FringeLiceo de Noya, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Visionaries – working in the marginsWallspace, London, UK

Spring ShowWildwood Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds, UK

CityTsinghua Academy of Arts and Crafts, Beijing, China

The Quiet MenPitzhanger Gallery, Ealing, London, UK


A Table of WelcomeArt Sans Frontiers Trois, Norwich 20 Group, Norwich, UK

Salthouse ’08Salthouse, Norfolk, UK


Through Irish EyesCulture Ireland in Beijing, China

Kgetsi Ya TsieThapong Visual Arts Centre. Gaborone, Botswana


Summer ShowCork Brick Gallery, Bungay, Suffolk, UK


Christmas ShowThe Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland


The Church PubAldeburgh Fringe Festival, Suffolk, UK


Art in ArchitectureHalesworth, Suffolk, UK


5 Dunhill ShowGallery Siau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Summer ShowSackville Room, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK


New ContemporariesInstitute of Contemporary Art, London, UK