Brian Andrew Whiteley is a new York City based visual artist creating works that incorporate painting, sculpture, video, new media and performance. His large-scale projects manifest themselves as interactive installations, incorporating several forms of media. His works are conceptual and often celebrate the subversive, revealing the reality of his existence; Warts and all.
He is known for having had Justin Bieber sue him for impersonating him. His political work the "Trump Tombstone" brought upon a Secret Service investigation. He was thrown out of Trump’s DC hotel for hanging a Vladimir Putin painting in the Presidential Suite (it hung for a month). He was outted for being the performer behind several urban Bigfoot sightings. He has snuck his work into the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA NYC), proudly displaying it between the men’s and women’s bathrooms. Most notoriously, he started the “creepy clown pandemic” by haunting cemeteries across the United States.
His work has been shown at experimental venues and larger institutions, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; The Invisible Dog, NYC; The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY; Spring / Break Art Show, NY; Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago; The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; Satellite Art Show SXSW, Austin, TX; David Owsley Museum of Art, Indiana; Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC; Bushwick Open Studios, NYC; Art on Paper Fair, New York; and Bakehouse Art Center, Miami.
His projects have garnered press from The New York Times, The NY Daily News, Village Voice, Daily Mail UK, Gothamist, Brooklyn Magazine, Art Net, BBC, Time, Esquire, GQ, Fox, ABC, NBC and NY Magazine,among many, many others.
He received his masters from the School of Visual Arts and his bachelors at Ball State University. Whiteley is widely heralded as the originator of the creepy clown pandemic that swept across the United States (soon to be a movie).