Pete McKee is delighted to announce details of his latest book, Council Skies. This 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. This hardback book features never-before-seen sketches and over seventy colour illustrations of the artist’s work.
Council Skies 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. The introduction was written by Dr Sue McPherson, Principal Lecturer in the Department of Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University whose research is predominantly rooted in the relationships between class and culture.
‘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.’ - Pete McKee
Designed by Totally Okay and printed in Sheffield.