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Brian Whelan, 2009
3 May 1957 |
Works and exhibitions
Whelan's painting The Martyrdom of St. Edmund permanently hangs in the Lady Chapel of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St. Edmund, England.; His images are used on the Shane MacGowan website; and the cover and contents of The Popes 2009 CD Outlaw Heaven and 2012 CD New Chuch.
In addition to painting religious subjects, Whelan paints London—-the city of his birth—-using multiple perspectives and contradictory scales, bending, twisting, and organising the urban chaos into harmony.
In 2009, Whelan co-curated The Quiet Men – London Irish Painters, the first major international tour (UK, Spain and US) of contemporary London Irish art. At the PM Gallery in Ealing, London Whelan first showed his large (2.7m x 3.6m)polyptych Transmetropolitan painting – an immigrants' joyride across the city of London and reference to the song of the same name by Shane MacGowen.In addition to Whelan's work, The Quiet Men tour included paintings by four other London Irish painters: Bernard Canavan, John Duffin, Dermot Holland and the late Daniel Carmody. The book by the same name published by The Irish World Newspaper was launched in 2010 by the Irish Embassy in London.
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