︎Brian Andrew Whiteley is a visual artist creating works that incorporate sculpture, video, new media and performance. He is the author of several viral art projects, manipulating the media to cover provocative and strange news that he fabricates. He is most notably known for his political works the "Trump Tombstone" and “The Vladimir Putin Painting at Trump’s DC Hotel”, for being the original “creepy clown”, haunting cemeteries across the U.S. and for being the performer behind several Bigfoot sightings. He fully immerses himself into each project, participating in unique situations with a goal of achieving "honest" documentation. His large-scale projects manifest themselves as interactive installations, incorporating several forms of media.
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, The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; Chicago; Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC; Bushwick Open Studios, NYC; and Bakehouse Art Center, Miami. Recent 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 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).