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Pete McKee

Pete is a painter  and commercial artist from Sheffield, England. He is a cartoonist for the Sheffield Telegraph’s sports section. He has exhibited regularly around the north of England. Using bright colors his larger than life, often humorous characters inhabit a world of working men's clubs, bingo halls and family trips to the seaside. Football is also heavily featured in his work although he regularly depicts fans from both halves of the footballing divide in Sheffield: Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, the team he himself supports. Although his dream was to go to art college he ended up working in a factory. The way he kept his artistic influences was in his band (his current band is a ukulele group under the name of The Everly Pregnant Brothers) and doing logos and stuff of the sort, but at that time his focus was mainly on trying to find a record producer. He started sending drawings to the Fanzine for Sheffield Wednesday and they rang offering him £50. Encouraged by this he started drawing for the Sheffield Telegraph and has continued to do so since. McKee decided to concentrate on his painting in 2004 and began by painting with emulsion on MDF boards. McKee opened his first ever London show, entitled ‘Lost Weekends’ in 2007 and has also exhibited in Birmingham and New York since then. Subsequently he was commissioned by Acme studios to interpret characters from US TV shows The Simpsons, Family Guy and Futurama. In 2007 McKee was commissioned by Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher to paint him as part of Gibson Guitar’s “Guitar Town” show. McKee painted a portrait of the guitarist onto a 10 foot fiberglass guitar which was displayed as part of the open air exhibition on London’s South Bank.

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