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Pete McKee


Artist Biography

Pete McKee was born in Sheffield in 1966. It was the year England won the World Cup but also the year that his beloved Sheffield Wednesday lost the FA Cup. Perhaps it is this bittersweet beginning that has given rise to some of Pete’s most poignant work.

McKee draws on themes of relationships, nostalgia and popular mass culture and combines these with a wonderful self-deprecating humour. These evocative images are earning him a world-wide following.

The artist affectionately captures life's simple pleasures with an innocence often lost in today’s fragmented and high octane society. McKee’s images make you stop and think. The artist's most sentimental paintings project a bittersweet synthesis; they can make you laugh out loud, or break your heart.

McKee's iconic style has led to a growing international fanbase. Noel Gallagher commissioned him to design the posters for Oasis's last tour and the pair recently collaborated on a design for Gallagher's concert with Jake Bugg in aid of the War Child charity. McKee has also been commissioned by Disney, the Arctic Monkeys and Richard Hawley.

In 2010 Pete was approached by internationally renowned designer Paul Smith with a view to staging an exhibition at his flagship Tokyo store. This saw the development of Teenage Kicks - an exquisitely produced limited edition book that celebrates the influence a musical awakening had on Pete. This McKee retrospective takes in several musical genres, Goth, Punk, Rock, Hippies and Rap are amongst the styles featured in this coffee table tome. To commemorate this collaboration selected images were reproduced on Paul Smith clothing and bags specifically for the Japanese market.

The same year he opened his first dedicated gallery A Month of Sundays in Sheffield. The artist lives and works in Sheffield.


Keith Haring: New Wave

Date: 23rd November 2019 - 29th February 2020

"Drawing is still basically the same thing it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world.…

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All That Glitters…

Date: 1st August - 7th September 2019

We are delighted to present a collection of new arrivals from the studios of some of the most exciting emerging contemporary…

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RedHouse Originals at the The Buyers Club Gallery

Date: 3rd December 2018 - 28th February 2019 ***NOW EXTENDED***

We are delighted to present a print exhibition in collaboration with Buyers Club, Liverpool. The show features rare and…

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Sleeping Giants by Pete McKee

Date: 23rd November - 28th February 2018

We are excited to present 'Sleeping Giants' an exhibition of rare paintings by Pete McKee. The collection…

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Be Here Now: Today Is Just A Daydream

Date: 21st August - 6th October 2018

To mark the 21st anniversary of Oasis album Be Here Now we are delighted to present a collection of rare prints and…

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Above The Clouds | Group Exhibition

Date: 5th November - 3rd December 2016

We are delighted to present Above The Clouds; a group exhibition opening on Saturday 5th November. The collection will…

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The Spirit of 66

Date: 30th July - 27th August 2016

We are delighted to present The Spirit Of 66: a group exhibition marking 50 years since 1966, celebrating the dynamism of…

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Pete McKee: From Dusk Till Drawn - Sketches From The Kitchen Table

Date: From Saturday 21st November 2015

FROM DUSK TILL DRAWN Sketches from the Kitchen Table by Pete McKee RedHouse Originals Gallery is delighted to present…

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Liverpool: Next Stop New York

Date: 7th - 31st August 2015

A new exhibition celebrating the music that formed a unique bond between two transatlantic cities View Two Gallery, Mathew…

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Pete McKee: Thud, Crackle, Pop at Liverpool Sound City 2015

Date: 21st - 22nd May 2015

RedHouse Originals are delighted to present Pete McKee's Thud, Crackle, Pop at Sound City 2015. Thud, Crackle,…

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The RedHouse Art Raffle for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Date: 23rd February - 23rd March 2015

UPDATE 24.03.15 - WINNERS ANNOUNCED... Many thanks to all who entered and supported The RedHouse Art Raffle…

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Pete McKee: Thud, Crackle, Pop - Autumn Tour

Date: 7 - 8th November 2014

THUD, CRACKLE, POP - THE EXHIBITION Pete McKee’s Thud, Crackle, Pop is a pop-up exhibition for vinyl lovers.…

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Pete McKee For Warp Films

Date: 7th June - 20th July 2013

To mark the 10th anniversary of Warp Films, Pete McKee was commissioned to re-work the posters for ten of their most…

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Pete McKee: The Girls Can’t Help It

Date: 2nd June - 7th July 2012

'The Girls Can't Help it' is based on Pete McKee's interpretation of the 1950s Femme Fatale. The artist has…

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The Time Is Now

Date: 2nd December 2011 - 30th January 2012

A stunning collection of the finest in 21st Century Pop, Modern and Urban Contemporary Art. RedHouse Originals are…

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