Popular Sheffield artist Pete McKee enjoyed a welcome trip down memory lane on Saturday, when he launched his latest exhibition at his Sharrow Vale gallery.
The 49-year-old launched his ‘10 Now and Then’ collection at his A Month of Sundays headquarters on Sharrow Vale Road, featuring ten reworked prints from his first decade as an established artist.
The ten - which included popular McKee favourites like the ‘Hole in the Road’ fish tank, Arctic Penguins and ‘The Snog’, which adorns the side of Fagan’s pub - were produced as limited edition screen prints, hand-produced by Sheffield-based B&B Gallery.
The prints - going for £380, or £475 framed - proved popular, with only a handful remaining.
“I loved the reaction to the reinterpretations of my favourite paintings from the last ten years,” Pete told The Star.
“The show is a celebration of my first decade as an artist, so I wanted to produce something unique and rare, for people to cherish.
“The turnout was fantastic, and there are only really limited numbers left.”
McKee, who recently hit out at people selling his various limited-edition charity posters for profit on eBay, added: “The last 10 years have been quite an adventure, sometimes brilliant, occasionally challenging but overall incredible.
“It’s been great to look back and reflect on my little triumphs and gaze proudly at the response my work gets from those who choose to have it as part of their lives, be it on a wall in the house, a book on the shelf or as a useful ornament.”
McKee has worked with the likes of Oasis, Warp films, Disney, designer Paul Smith and Fox Broadcasting in recent years, after beginning his career using matchpots and B&Q board off-cuts in his Jordanthorpe kitchen ten years ago.
“The 10 Now and Then collection is a visual celebration of those 10 years and the people I’ve been very lucky to meet and work with,” McKee, who still produces a weekly cartoon in the Sheffield Telegraph, added.
“Also in the collection are images that hold a special place in my back catalogue and have become personal favourites for myself and others.
“As someone who loves the joy that nostalgia brings, its been great to take the opportunity to produce something uniquely special that will stand as a fitting tribute to some of my favourite paintings and collaborations.”
The ‘10 Now and Then’ exhibition continues at Pete’s A Month of Sundays Gallery, 365 Sharrow Vale Road.