Brian Whelan

oldAcre650As a son of immigrants, I am no stranger to a new culture. Spending time 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. Brian Whelan

“It’s as if a medieval stone mason had been given a box of paints.”
Brother Vaughan, Society of St. Francis

“Looking at a Whelan painting is like looking at a stained glass window, through the eyes of Bart Simpson.”
Writer and critic Steven Martin

''Clear, strong, prayerful work, with joy at its centre.''
Art critic Sister Wendy Beckett

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