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Tuesday 14 May 2019

Council Skies: Artist Pete McKee Reveals Details Of New Book Ahead Of Pop-Up Gallery In Brighton

Artist Pete McKee, who opens a pop-up gallery in Brighton, this summer, has announced details of his latest book, Council Skies.

The publication offers the most comprehensive overview of the artist's work since he began painting in 2004. 

Growing up on a council estate has shaped the content of McKee's work, which offers unique social commentary on working-class life, music and subcultures. 

Council Skies features never before seen sketches and over seventy colour illustrations of the artist"s work to date.

The title, Council Skies, has a biographical element, referencing the artist's working-class roots. 

Additionally, it is a nod to the artist's process

McKee's palette often includes colours given names informed by his experience and perspective, exemplified by council sky blue


The book also features a foreword by Mary O'Hara, award-winning journalist for The Guardian and author of Austerity Bites: A journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK. 

Pete McKee said: 

"I'm really proud of this book because I fought long and hard to stand on my own two feet and declare I was an artist. 

"Council Skies represents my childhood, love of music, fashion, the working class, family and life's simple pleasures. 

"I set myself strict parameters regarding my artistic process and the basic materials I use. 

"I'm grateful I've been able to stick with these constants whilst developing my style over the years which I think the book demonstrates."

To celebrate the release of Council Skies Pete will be hosting a signing in Brighton in conjunction with his pop-gallery tour: 

Brighton: 10am-12pm, Saturday the 15th of June. ONCA, 14 St George"s Pl, BN1 4GB 

Pete explained why Brighton was chosen as a location for a pop-up gallery:

"Anyone who has flirted with the concept of modernism as I did as a teenager in the late 70s, can't help but fall in love with Brighton and the role it played in our cultural imagination. 

"When you walk down the sea front you get a sense of the history that it holds and its representation in cult films like Quadrophenia. Brighton is home to some amazing artists and art institutions too so I can't wait to bring my work there."

Further details please visit: www.petemckee.com

by: Mike Cobley




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