The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Eton: Artist Biography - Graham McKean

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Graham McKean

Graham McKean was born in 1962 in Irvine, Ayrshire. In 1996 McKean felt the time was right to commit himself totally to his work and became a professional painter.

A review by the late W. Gordon Smith (art critic, The Scotsman) described his work as a cross between the painters John Byrne and Stanley Spencer but with an interesting bite. Graham has work in numerous public and private collections throughout Europe and the USA. He has had commissions from several companies including William Grant & Sons (to produce a painting and statement to be incorporated onto their bottles of Glenfiddich single malt whisky).

Published Articles

  • The Guardian
  • Scotland on Sunday
  • BBC News
  • Scottish Field Magazine
  • The Sunday Express.

His bold figurative paintings never fail to attract attention. The human figure is the main inspiration for his work. He believes in artistic independence and originality while maintaining a strong attachment to the craft of painting. His subject matter is a mixture of natural observation and experience - he merges imagination with reality.

COMMISSIONS COMMISSIONED BY WILLIAM GRANT & SONS LTD. TO PRODUCE A PAINTING ALONG WITH A STATEMENT TO BE INCORPORATED ONTO A LIMITED EDITION OF THEIR BOTTLES OF GLENFIDDICH SINGLE MALT WHISKY. GRAHAM WAS INVITED FOR A 2 DAY STAY AND PERSONAL GUIDED TOUR OF THE WILLIAM GRANT & SONS DUFFTOWN DISTILLERY TO GAIN INSPIRATION FOR THE WORK. COMMISSIONED BY BAYARD PARTNERS LTD. , INVESTMENT FUND MANAGERS, LONDON TO PRODUCE A LARGE SCALE WORK FOR THEIR COMPANY RECEPTION. COMMISSIONED BY “SCOTTISH OPERA” TO PRODUCE 5 LARGE OILS DEPICTING ALL ASPECTS OF OPERA AND THEATRE. THESE INCLUDE “BOX OFFICE”, “DANCE”, “DRAMA”, “CHILDREN’S THEATRE” AND “OPERA”. IMAGES OF THE FINISHED 5 OILS WERE ENLARGED AND DISPLAYED AS BOARDINGS COVERING THE FRONT EXTERIOR OF “THEATRE ROYAL” HOPE STREET, GLASGOW.

COMMISSIONED BY “CELTIC FC” TO PRODUCE A PAINTING TO MARK THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR 1967 EUROPEAN CUP WINNING TEAM KNOWN AS “THE LISBON LIONS”. A LIMITED EDITION OF 300 PRINTS EACH TO CARRY A CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY GRAHAM McKEAN ALONG WITH SIGNATURES FROM ALL SURVIVING

TEAM MEMBERS. FINISHED PAINTING PRESENTED AT PARKHEAD STADIUM TO BILLY MCNEILL, 1967 CUPWINNING TEAM CAPTAIN, ATTRACTING NATIONAL PRESS, TV AND RADIO COVERAGE.

IN 2009 A PORTRAIT TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF THE LATE MICHAEL JACKSON RECEIVED WORLD WIDE PRESS COVERAGE. CLOSE FRIEND TO JACKSON, MR URI GELLER COMMENTED; “McKEAN’S PAINTING OF MICHAEL IS A TRULY FANTASTIC PIECE AND IS AMAZINGLY POWERFUL”.

IN 2011 A NEW OIL PAINTING OF THE SCOTTISH CARTOON CHARACTER “OOR WULLIE” WAS UNVEILED AT MCTEARS AUCTIONEERS, GLASGOW RECEIVING WIDE ACCLAIM AND NATIONAL PRESS AND TELEVISION COVERAGE. THE PAINTING WAS ALSO FAVOURABLY RECEIVED BY “OOR WULLIE” HIMSELF.

IN 2012 A MAJOR NEW WORK TITLED “FLOWER OF SCOTLAND” WAS UNVEILED BY THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION AT HAMPDEN PARK STADIUM, GLASGOW WITH NATIONAL PRESS, TV AND RADIO COVERAGE. THE LARGE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING OF SCOTLANDS FAMOUS “TARTAN ARMY” SUPPORTERS NOW HANGS IN

THE HAMPDEN PARK MUSEUM AND A LIMITED EDITION PRINT IS NOW PRODUCED FROM THIS PAINTING.

1984 HANOVER FINE ART, EDINBURGH. (MIXED SHOW) 1989-90 MCLAURIN GALLERIES, AYR. (SOLO & MIXED SHOWS) 1992 THE HOWARD GALLERY, SURREY. (SOLO SHOW) 1992-93 ANTHONY HEPWORTH FINE ART, BATH (MIXED SHOW) 1994 R.G.I. MCLELLAN GALLERIES, GLASGOW. (ANNUAL SHOW) 1994 THE LONDON ART FAIR, ISLINGTON. (HEPWORTH FINE ART) 1994-01-02 ART EXPOSURE GALLERY, GLASGOW. (SOLO, MIXED SHOWS) 1995-2002 THE LEITH GALLERY, EDINBURGH. (SOLO, MIXED SHOWS) 1995-2002 THE WAVERLEY GALLERY, PRESTWICK. (MIXED SHOW) 1995 THE WELSH ART FAIR, CARDIFF. (MERIDIAN ARTS) 1995 LINEART INT., GHENT, BELGIUM. (MERIDIAN ARTS) 1996- 2012 ETON CONTEMP. ARTS, ETON. (MIXED SHOW) 1996-97 THE LONDON ART FAIR, ISLINGTON. (ETON CONTEMP. ARTS) 1996-97 THE CHELSEA ART FAIR, LONDON. (MERIDIAN ARTS) 1997 THE BRITISH COSULATE, 3rd AVE. NEW YORK (ART FROM SCOTLAND) 1997 HARRODS, LONDON. (EDITION PRINTS) 1998 THE FORBES MAGAZINE GALLERY 5th AVENUE, NEW YORK. (ART FROM SCOTLAND) 1998-2000 ART EXPO. JAVITS CENTRE, 11th AVENUE, NEW YORK. (ART FROM SCOTLAND) 1998 THE GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO. (MIXED SHOW) 1998 THE ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON. (SCOTTISH FIGURATIVE) 1998-99 THOMPSONS GALLERY, LONDON. (THE SCOTTISH SHOW) 1998 THE COMPASS GALLERY, GLASGOW. (MIXED SHOW) 1999 OPEN EYE GALLERY, EDINBURGH. (MIXED SHOW) 1999 HUTCHESON’S HALL, GLASGOW. (MIXED SHOW) 1999-02-03 THE GLASGOW ART FAIR. (THE LEITH GALLERY) 1999 MERIDIAN ARTS, LONDON. (MIXED SHOW) 2000-02-03 THE GATEHOUSE GALLERY, GLASGOW. (MIXED SHOW) 2000-01-02 TOLQUHON GALLERY, ABERDEENSHIRE. (MIXED SHOW) 2001 THE BATH ART FAIR. (LEITH GALLERY) 2001-02 FALLE FINE ART, THE NAPIER GALLERY, St. HELIER, JERSEY. (SCOTTISH SHOW)
2002-04 ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON. (SOLO SHOW) 2003-04-05 THE LEITH GALLERY, EDINBURGH (SOLO SHOW) 2003 -04 NICHOLAS HAGEN FINE ART, BARNES, LONDON (SUMMER SHOW) 2003 Q2 GALLERY, DUNDEE. (SOLO SHOW) 2003 MERIDIAN ARTS, ST. GERMAIN, FRANCE. (MIXED SHOW) 2003 ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON. (SUMMER SHOW) 2004 THE AIR GALLERY, DOVER ST. LONDON (THE SCOTTISH SHOW) 2005 BYARD ART, CAMBRIDGE (THE LONDON ART FAIR, ISLINGTON) 2005 THE ART COMPANY SCOTLAND (THE EDINBURGH ART FAIR) 2005 DEMONTFORT FINE ART (SUMMER SHOW) 2006 ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON (BRINGING HOME THE BACON) SOLO SHOW. 2007 CONTEMPORARY FINE ART, ETON ( THE CALEDONIAN SHOW) 2007 ARTERY’S GALLERY, ST. ANDREWS (MIXED SHOW) 2007 RED RAG GALLERY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE (MIXED SHOW) 2007 ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON (WINTER SALON) 2007 QUEENS GALLERY, DUNDEE (WINTER SHOW) 2007-2012 MCAULEY FINE ART (MELROSE EXHIBITION) 2007-2012 ARTERIES, GLASGOW (WINTER SHOW) 2007 MORNINGSIDE GALLERY, EDINBURGH (SUMMER SHOW) 2008 ART IN THE CITY GALLERY, GLASGOW “SIGHTS FOR SORE EYES” (SOLO SHOW) 2008 ART DE CAF, GLASGOW. “DEAD ROCK STARS” (MIXED SHOW) 2009 ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON “SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC” (SOLO SHOW) 2010 ALPHA-ART, EDINBURGH “FAITH, HOPE AND MONEY” (SOLO SHOW) 2011 TORRANCE GALLERY, EDINBURGH (SOLO SHOW) 2012 ARTERY’S GALLERY, ST. ANDREWS (MIXED SHOW)

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