Brian Whelan


Brian was trained at the Royal Academy of Art London.

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

International Tours of Exhibitions

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

Publications and Films

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

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

2024Holy Trinity Wallstreet St Paul’s Chapel, NYC, USA
2023 – 2025The Life of Rev John Roberts of the Wind River Reservation Wyoming – Currently on an International Tour
2023 – 2024Holy City at Fairfield University – Barone Center, University of Fairfield, Fairfield, CT, USA
2021Public Personas – Westport River Gallery, Westport, Connecticut, USA
2019La Passion d’Edith Cavell – Cathédrale des Sts Michel et Gudule, Bruxelles, Belgium
Head to Head – Waterford, Virginia, USA
2018Noli Me Tangere – Waterford, Virginia, USA
A Tragic Carmody – London, UK
2017Mystery of the Message – Waterford, Virginia, USA
Country Pursuits – Middleburg, Virginia, USA
Holy City, A Pilgrimage of Sight – Washington, DC, USA
2016Summer Solstice – Waterford, Virginia, USA
2015Winter Solstice – Waterford, Virginia, USA
The Passion of Edith Cavell – Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, UK
The Passion of Edith Cavell – Basilica of Koekelberg, Brussels, Belgium
Summer Solstice – Waterford, Virginia, USA
2014The Passion of Edith Cavell – Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC. USA
St. Ives Cross – St Ives Church, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK
Brian Whelan at Duvall’s Designs – Millwood, Virginia,USA
2013From Here…To Epiphany – Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich, UK
Brentwood Cross – Brentwood Cathedral, Brentwood, UK
Holy City Collection – Arusha Art at The Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
2012Mystery of the Message – St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Sq. London,UK
The Passion of St Edmund – St. Edmundsbury, Bury St. Edmunds, UK
Brian Whelan – London Illuminated 2012 – Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, London, UK
Brian Whelan – Un Peregrinaje para la Mirada – Club Financiero Atlántico, La Coruna, Spain
Brian Whelan at Los Catolicos Parador – Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2011Brian Whelan at the Cathedral – Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, UK
Brian Whelan at St Martins – St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UK
2010Sacred Space – The Sacred Space Gallery, Notting Hill, London, UK
Saints and Cities – St. Michael and All Saints, Barnes, London, UK
Ciudad Santa – The Jose Lorenzo Gallery, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2009Christmas Show (solo) – Hospital Arts, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK
2008A Casket of Wonders – St. Edmundsbury Cathedral Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds, UK
Spirited Tails – Crome Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
Salvation – Damnation – St. Martin’s Window Gallery, London, UK
2007Holy Ground – St. Edmundsbury Cathedral Cloister Gallery, Suffolk, UK
Holy Ground – Crome Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
Whelan at City Hall – At the invitation of the Mayor of London, Westminster, London, UK
2006Pillar of Salt – St. Benedict’s, Abbey Ealing, London, UK
2005The Feast Day of St. Edmund – St. Edmundsbury Cathedral Cloister Gallery, UK
Red Roads Kampala – Golf Course Apartments, Kampala, Uganda
The Myth of Return – Hammersmith Irish Arts Centre, London, UK
2004We Three Kings – The Ellises, Stradbroke, Suffolk, UK
The Miracle of the Holy HouseChurch of Reconciliation, Walsingham, Norfolk, UK
2003The Holy House – Benedictine Arts and Study Centre Gallery, London, UK
A Flag for the Irish DiasporaTricycle Theatre Gallery, Kilburn, London, UK
2002From Eternity to Oblivion – The Irish Club, Eaton Square, London, UK
2001Night Train – Limelight Gallery, Lewisham, London, UK
Holy Orders – Hammersmith Irish Arts Centre, Hammersmith, London, UK
1987The Abbot Hall Art Gallery – Kendal, Cumbria, UK
The Grundy Gallery – Blackpool, Lancashire, UK
1986Vernon Gallery – Preston, Lancashire, UK
1985Gallery Siau – Amsterdam, 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

2021The Voices Project: Immigration – Misercordia University, Dallas, PA
Transformation. Community. Holy Cross – St. Francis of Assisi Lecture – King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Guild Summer Salon – Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
Public Personas – Westport River Gallery, Westport, CT
2019Legacy – Royal Academy School East Anglia, Colchester, England, UK
2018The Prayer in the Garden – Vineyard Columbus Community Gallery, Delaware, Ohio, USA
2017Family in Flight – St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, Columbus, Ohio, USA
We Three Kings – Vineyard Columbus Church, Columbus, Ohio, USA
2015Were you there? – St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Delaware, Ohio, USA
On Main Street – Byrne Gallery, Middleburg, Virginia, USA
London Irish Art Exhibition 2015 – Westminster Hall, London, UK
2014Out of the Cold – The Foundry, Washington DC, USA
Cabin Fever – Byrne’s Gallery, Middleburg, Virginia, USA
2013Art Alive – Assembly House, Norwich, UK
Cley 13 Flight of the Spoonbill – Cley, Norfolk, UK
St Ives Sacred Art Exhibition – St Ives Church, Cornwall, UK
East Anglia Group – Royal Academy – Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich, UK
Deck of Cards – 18/21 Gallery, Norwich, UK
2012Art Alive! – Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Arts Auction, London, UK
All Things Christmas – Assembly House Christmas Exhibition, Norwich, UK
Cley 12 Aisle and Air – Cley Church, Cley, Norfolk, UK
Journeying Towards Easter – Blythburgh, Suffolk, UK
2011Flying Colours Fascinating Forms – Assembly House, Norwich, UK
Ad Limina – Salthouse ‘11 Church, Salthouse, Norfolk, UK
“The Class of…” – Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
2010The Quiet Men – The Art Gallery, Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA
Summer Showcase – Doric Arts, Holt, Norfolk, UK
2009Our Books Our Lives – Si Nordic Arts Centre, Beijing, China
Visionaries Greenbelt Festival – Cheltenham, UK
Salt of the Earth, Salthouse ’09 – Salthouse, Norfolk, UK
Celtic Fringe – Liceo de Noya, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Visionaries – working in the margins – Wallspace, London, UK
Spring Show – Wildwood Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds, UK
City – Tsinghua Academy of Arts and Crafts, Beijing, China
The Quiet Men – Pitzhanger Gallery, Ealing, London, UK
2008A Table of Welcome – Art Sans Frontiers Trois, Norwich 20 Group, Norwich, UK
Salthouse ’08 – Salthouse, Norfolk, UK
2007Through Irish Eyes – Culture Ireland in Beijing, China
Kgetsi Ya Tsie – Thapong Visual Arts Centre. Gaborone, Botswana
2006Summer Show – Cork Brick Gallery, Bungay, Suffolk, UK
2003Christmas Show – The Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2000The Church Pub – Aldeburgh Fringe Festival, Suffolk, UK
1999Art in Architecture – Halesworth, Suffolk, UK
19865 Dunhill Show – Gallery Siau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1983Summer Show – Sackville Room, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK
1981New Contemporaries – Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK