11 June 2018

McKee

Pete McKee is a Sheffield artist. Born in 1966, his unfussy artwork is characterised by humour and nostalgia as he explores imagery from his life in this northern city. It is a city that he loves and hailing from a working class community he is out to create affectionate paintings of that world. He is not an outsider looking in. He is an insider looking out.

Pete McKee sometimes visits my local pub with two or three of his mates. Last year he survived a life-saving liver transplant. Next month his new exhibition "This Class Works" will open in a former school building on Burton Road. I am very much looking forward to visiting it. If you would like to learn more about Pete McKee, please go here. In the meantime, here are some examples of his work:
"Old Cobble Nose"
"The Snog" - mural on the wall of Fagan's pub

19 comments:

  1. I like these, and I wonder whether Steve knew his work - sadly, I can't ask him, but I am pretty sure that he would have liked it. The "Best of Sheff" book looks like a great gift. I also like the title of the exhibition. Such a lot in there.

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    1. I think that's you and Steve on the pub wall!

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  2. There is a simplicity in the storytelling of each picture.

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    1. Achieving that simplicity is not an easy thing to do.

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  3. I love to see the average person represented in art. And our best friends, too!

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    1. Even ordinary people are worth noting, worth celebrating even though in past times Art would often overlook them.

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    2. That's an interesting statement YP. I think that looking at the pictures in most art galleries you would see a great many pictures with and of 'ordinary' people from the Dutch Masters, The Glasgow Boys (and girls), Lowry and many many more. However you have made me think and next time I'm perusing the pictures in The Kelvingrove (or later in the year in Liverpool) I shall be particularly vigilant. Thanks for the new perspective.

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    3. I love The National Portrait Gallery in London but "ordinary" people are thin on the ground there.

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    4. I would agree that portraits were the preserve, on the whole, of the wealthy (understandably because painters had to make a living) although the Glasgow Boys certainly painted 'ordinary' Scots.

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  4. Excellent! I especially like the mural. His work really lends itself to a street-art style presentation.

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  5. I like his style - so clean and simple.

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    1. And it is a very recognisable style too. He usually uses "Dulux" emulsion paint!

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  6. He's good, Mr. Pudding. His colors are lovely and bright.

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    1. It's simple, affectionate "feel good" painting.

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  7. Thank you for that I don't know his work

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    1. I hope those pictures brought you a little cheer during this tough time.

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  8. They do nothing for me...just an individual, personal observation, of which I am allowed.

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