Public Personas

‘Public Personas’

Currently on Display

Westport River Gallery, Westport, CT


Westport Gallery April Exhibition


“A persona is a mask. The public face of someone as opposed to the true self. I have never met these people. I only know them through their works, their place in history, photographs, or old paintings of them. In my studio, I have a top-row portrait gallery of royals, rogues, artists, scientists, heroes, and villains. Anyone who has caught my imagination… They look down on me as I work. Criticizing and/or encouraging me on from one painting to the next and sometimes even conversing with each other when I am not there

-Brian Whelan in an interview for Ken Warren about the exhibit

“wise, witty and affectionate paintings which range from religious iconography to images of his home city of London.”
Ian Collins, writer

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

"This is Divine Comedy in its Truest Sense"
John Kohan