Whitney McVeigh was born in New York, USA in 1968. She received a BA degree at the Edinburgh College of Art where she began to explore visual arts in relation to sculptural form and study of the portrait. McVeigh has travelled extensively for her work, with significant periods spent in Europe, India and China whilst keeping a home base in the UK. In 2006 she attended the Salon of Louise Bourgeois in New York where she gave a short talk about her current work. In February 2007, McVeigh was artist in resident at NY Arts in their Beijing space where she was shown with another British painter and in November 2007, she was exhibited at the Broadway Gallery in New York. She has recently returned from Mexico (August 2008) where she was resident artist at Centro de Las Artes, San Augustin, Oaxaca.
Whitney McVeigh is currently represented by Artists First Management in London. She has worked on portrait commissions and has shown both in solo and group shows internationally. In 2008 McVeigh showed with Saatchi online at Form Art fair and Concrete and Glass (curated by Flora Fairbairn). In March, 2008 she exhibited at The Gallery Soho with Belgian photographer Pascal Demeester. The Heads Series featured in the Times, Financial Times and NY Arts magazine in March and June 2008.
Bonhams, the London based auction house will take one work from the Heads Series for their contemporary auction in February 2009.
Whitney McVeigh has been nominated by Rebecca Wilson (Saatchi online) for the sovereign European Art Prize.
In 2009 McVeigh exhibited at London's A Foundation. The A Foundation was founded in 1998 by James Moores to facilitate the creation of the Liverpool Biennial.
In November, 2009 she featured in BBCFour documentary, Where is Modern Art Now, presented by Gus Casely- Hayford. Other artists include Grayson Perry, Cornelia Parker, Sir Anthony Caro, Michael Landy and Tom Price.