Pete McKee has long been a favourite interpreter among those subscribing to the various subcultures, be it Mod, Rude Boy, Punk, Rocker, Nineties Indie Kid or any of the multitude of subjects portrayed in McKee's artistic output so far. A hero in his native city of Sheffield, as well as further afield, McKee has recently compiled a 116 page book of some of his memorable works, which in true McKee style is not a sterile art gallery catalogue, but is in fact a remarkably emotive, personal, funny and observant A to Z of what makes Pete tick.
Pete McKee says of the book "It's been an eye opener for me to have to sit down and analyse my own work and the reasons why I tackle certain subjects in certain ways. It has been a hugely enjoyable experience, a bit like catching up with old friends. As well as paintings that some of you may already recognise, there are plenty of past gems that have rarely seen the light of day.
The A–Z idea seemed like a perfect way to break down my work into and also tell you a little bit about what these subject areas mean to me, and why they inspire me to paint."
The moments captured in the book's snapshots of life will provoke instant empathy in readers, from memories of childhood holidays at the seaside, to buying that first cool record. Music, pubs, slot machines, girls, boys, tattoos and more. It's all here. There's even a uke chord diagram for budding players to learn "No Oven No Pie".
Few can communicate such warmth and genuine emotion with such minimal line work and flat colour.
Perfect reading and reflection for cold wet Sunday afternoons.
The book is very nicely put together and printed locally to Pete in Sheffield.
"AtoZ Of Pete McKee" is out now - you can order the book and other goodies at www.petemckee.com