Pete McKee : Noel Gallagher’s favourite artist


‘The Punks’ by Pete McKee. "Do musical ‘tribes’ still exist? In a way. Go up Division Street in Sheffield on a Saturday you’ll be swamped by emo kids. But I’m not sure it’s as prevalent as it used to be. You don’t get the same passion."


‘Sound A-Checks’ by Pete McKee. "This is based on something that really happened to me. The Jam were playing at Top Rank in Sheffield and I bunked off school to see them soundcheck in the afternoon. We waited outside for hours but they let us in in the end. I’ve remembered it all my life."


‘Great Career Decisions’ by Pete McKee. "Anyone who’s dreamt of being a musician knows this feeling: you walk into a guitar shop and see a beautiful £600 guitar that you can’t afford – but you justify it by telling yourself it’s a good career move because one day that guitar will make you rich and famous."



‘Elvis Bath Time’ by Pete McKee. Born in 1966, McKee spent years playing in bands before turning his hand to art. He started out as a cartoonist for ‘The Sheffield Telegraph’ but struggled to make ends meet until he began painting in 2004. He describes his current success as "stunning, mystifying – and delightful".


‘Elvis Watches TV’ by Pete McKee. "I’ve done a whole series of Elvis paintings. It’s become a bit of a cliche to imagine that Elvis is still alive, but I really love the idea of him living in a council flat in Sheffield, watching telly with his cat."


‘Cocker Gets A New Jacket’ by Pete McKee. "I love Jarvis to bits, but I don’t like to portray musicians on stage or being glamorous. I like to imagine them doing mundane things. It’s the simpler side of things that appeals to me, the moments when pop stars are just like you and me."


‘Beat Chick’ by Pete McKee. A former postman and factory worker, McKee specialises in depicting British working class subcultures, with a particular focus on his native Sheffield. Bizarrely, he has received commissions from both the makers of ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Star Wars.’



‘A Grand Tour’ by Pete McKee. The artist explains: "This was inspired by my days of being in a band, dreaming of being rich and famous. I was in a white funk band called Times Will Change. It captures that awful feeling of being stuck in a transit van, traveling for miles just to play for four people. Eventually you realise it’s a load of rubbish."