Quotes

Selected comments about Brian's work.

 

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

"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

"...Brian is an artist of great skill, depth, and integrity, informed by both medieval and contemporary sensibilities."

Rev. Dr Peter Doll, Canon Librarian, Norwich Cathedral.

“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

“Brian’s cityscapes have frantic energy.”
‘Amelia’, Melbourne’s Street Poet

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

“The best way I could describe Brian would be to call him the rock & roll painter.”
Paul McGuinness of the Popes

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

“His work is bold and commanding.”
Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate

“He goes to dark, grim places, places that in the modern world we like to pretend don’t exist and when he gets there he cracks jokes. This work is the work of the medieval jester.”
Joe Horgan, Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award winner

“Whelan’s art rescues the rich treasury of Catholic iconography from the fog of syncretist, solipsistic thinking.”
Martin Boland, Dean of Brentwood Cathedral

“…a visionary painter…”
Meryl Doney, Curator for Wallspace All Hallows on the Wall

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

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

“...celebrated Irish artist...”
Charlie Minter, British and Irish Specialist, Sotheby’s

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

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

“...celebrated Irish artist...”
Charlie Minter, British and Irish Specialist, Sotheby’s

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