Michael John Whelan works predominately in photography and moving image and most recently in sculpture and drawing. Amongst other themes, his recent projects address ideas of duration, geometry and humanity’s attempt to grasp the universe. He endeavors to provide experiences for the viewer where structures of space and time are diffused and by leaving room for contemplation, alternate associations are established and new perspectives develop.
Whelan received a BA in Fine Art from IADT-DL, Dublin in 2002 and an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London) in 2004. He was the recipient of the Clifford Chance/University of the Arts Sculpture Award in 2005. He has works in a number of public and private collections including the University of the Arts Collection and the MLP Collection.
Whelan’s works have been exhibited and screened internationally in institutions, galleries, project spaces and art fairs such as Vitrine Project Space, London, UK / Grey Noise, Dubai, UAE / TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway, Ireland / Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland / Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK / Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE with Grey Noise, Dubai / Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia / Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia / LISTE 18, Basel, Switzerland with Grey Noise, Dubai / Lismore Castle Arts: St. Carthage Hall, Lismore, Ireland / Boetzelaer | Nispen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki, Finland / Museum Bochum, Bochum, Germany / KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany / Kunstverein Bochum, Bochum, Germany / Noorderlicht Gallery, Groningen, The Netherlands / Kunstverein Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany / Kunstverein, Dortmund, Germany / Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
He has had two books published: ‘The sun shone on the nothing new’, 44 Pages, published by Grey Noise, Dubai / Lismore Castle Arts (2013) and ‘Red Sky Morning’, 144 Pages, published by Argobooks, Berlin (2009).