This Saturday the 30th of October at 10am we will be releasing our FABULOUS 2021 Autumn/Winter collection at both the Sheffield-based McKee Gallery and on the McKee website so don’t miss out! We're so excited to reveal that these products are themed around cafes, something Pete has lovingly painted many times over the years! We have a gorgeous new limited edition print, apron, oven gloves, badges, two new open edition prints and our highly popular McKee calendar and charity Christmas cards!
Some of these products will also be available, while stocks last, at our Notting Hill pop-up shop from Wed 3rd - Sun 7th November.
“Cafes are great for socialising, catching up with loved ones, and of course, for the cake. However, they are also great for people-watching and quiet contemplation. American artist Edward Hopper, whose work I have always admired, often painted cafe and diner scenes. I hope that my paintings of British cafe scenes evoke something of Hopper’s atmospheric work. I will always love these places, and still enjoy going to them to this day. Mind you, we never had cronuts back in the ’70s.” - Pete McKee
Check out our latest limited edition print A View from Sundays II. This print is also a McKee first as it employs a sumptuous METALLIC GOLD INK in addition to eight other rich screen printed inks! £225 unframed and £345 framed.
'A View from Sundays II' apron and 'Cup 'n' Saucer'
Both back by popular demand, the McKee apron and oven glove, are here sporting brand new designs! Our 'View from Sundays II' apron has been hand screen printed in eight rich colours and utlises Pete’s gorgeous lead image from the Autumn/Winter collection. Also in keeping with our cafe theme is the second oven glove the McKee gallery has ever produced. Featuring three shades of blue, these colours evoke the seaside cafes overlooking the beach that Pete has painted throughout his career. Both priced at £20.
Not Stopping Long
Drawing on childhood memories the artist has created this humorous and nostalgic image Not Stopping Long. “I always found it funny when someone would pop round, determined not to hang about, despite knowing they would be offered a cuppa and possibly a couple of biscuits whilst everyone had a good natter. Their immediate utterance, "not stopping long", coupled with the decision not to take their coat off would always amuse me. Despite their initial protest, they would always be destined to sit on that setee for at least 20 minutes, their fate sealed as soon as their other half popped their coat on a hook as soon as they stepped through the door.” Prices ranging from £30 to £125.
Our 2022 calendar is finally here featuring a selection of cafe scenes painted by Pete over the years. Each image is accompanied by an insightful story, revealing the artist’s thoughts and inspiration behind each work! Priced at £15.
Charity Christmas Cards
Support an important cause whilst sending your Christmas greetings with Pete’s 2021 charity Xmas cards! All the proceeds from every pack sold go to Artfelt, who use art to provide child-friendly settings at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and help young patients feel more comfortable. Each pack of eight cards is £4.50.
Our new badges are available in four designs: a vintage green Beryl Ware-style "Cup ‘n’ Saucer" set, a "Squeezy Tomato" bottle, "Salt ‘n’ Vinegar" dispensers, and a classic "Sugar" dispenser. Badges are £4 each.
Full English print
As part of our 2021 Autumn/Winter collection, the McKee gallery has produced a new print by scanning a very early work by Pete using state-of-the-art technology. Full English is a charming painting created around 2005, pre-dating the opening of the McKee Gallery. Prices ranging from £30 to £125.
The image itself references cafes from times gone by, indicated by the price of the full English in the window and the general decor of the place. “I’ve got such fond memories of going on caravan holidays by the seaside throughout my life. My family and I would take strolls up and down the pier, stopping off at a typical seaside cafe. I wanted to replicate one of these places by including the net curtains and the slatted wooden facade. When I first started painting I used to do things slightly differently. For example, most of my cafe scenes depict people inside looking out, whereas my earlier works show the outside perspective of looking in at someone. Most of my cafe scenes have taken influence from the great American artist Edward Hopper. In this instance, I loosely reference his voyeuristic work Nighthawks, which gives a view of a cafe located on a street corner, with a few people inside of it."