About Graham

In 1996, after 17 years as a graphic designer, Graham McKean decided to commit himself totally to producing his oil paintings. Graham is presently registered as a self-employed artist, painting full-time from a W.A.S.P. studio at the harbour side in Irvine, Ayrshire.

Graham McKean's paintings have featured in numerous exhibitions and are increasingly appearing at the U.K.'s leading auction houses. His work has now become highly collectible and is held in prestigious private and public collections worldwide. Graham also supports a number of charities through events and auctions.

A review by the late W. Gordon Smith (Art Critic, The Scotsman), described the work of Graham McKean as a cross between the painters John Byrne and Stanley Spencer, but with an "interesting bite".

Graham McKean

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Exhibitions
1984HANOVER FINE ART, EDINBURGH. (MIXED SHOW)
1989-90MCLAURIN GALLERIES, AYR. (SOLO & MIXED SHOWS)
1992THE HOWARD GALLERY, SURREY. (SOLO SHOW)
1992-93ANTHONY HEPWORTH FINE ART, BATH (MIXED SHOW)
1994R.G.I. MCLELLAN GALLERIES, GLASGOW. (ANNUAL SHOW)
1994THE LONDON ART FAIR, ISLINGTON. (HEPWORTH FINE ART)
1994-01-02ART EXPOSURE GALLERY, GLASGOW. (SOLO, MIXED SHOWS)
1995-2002THE LEITH GALLERY, EDINBURGH. (SOLO, MIXED SHOWS)
1995-2002THE WAVERLEY GALLERY, PRESTWICK. (MIXED SHOW)
1995THE WELSH ART FAIR, CARDIFF. (MERIDIAN ARTS)
1995LINEART INT., GHENT, BELGIUM. (MERIDIAN ARTS)
1996- 2016ETON CONTEMP. ARTS, ETON. (MIXED SHOW)
1996-97THE LONDON ART FAIR, ISLINGTON. (ETON CONTEMP. ARTS)
1996-97THE CHELSEA ART FAIR, LONDON. (MERIDIAN ARTS)
1997THE BRITISH COSULATE, 3rd AVE. NEW YORK (ART FROM SCOTLAND)
1997HARRODS, LONDON. (EDITION PRINTS)
1998THE FORBES MAGAZINE GALLERY 5th AVENUE, NEW YORK. (ART FROM SCOTLAND)
1998-2000ART EXPO. JAVITS CENTRE, 11th AVENUE, NEW YORK. (ART FROM SCOTLAND)
1998THE GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO. (MIXED SHOW)
1998THE ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON. (SCOTTISH FIGURATIVE)
1998-99THOMPSONS GALLERY, LONDON. (THE SCOTTISH SHOW)
1998THE COMPASS GALLERY, GLASGOW. (MIXED SHOW)
1999OPEN EYE GALLERY, EDINBURGH. (MIXED SHOW)
1999HUTCHESON’S HALL, GLASGOW. (MIXED SHOW)
1999-02-03THE GLASGOW ART FAIR. (THE LEITH GALLERY)
1999MERIDIAN ARTS, LONDON. (MIXED SHOW)
2000-02-03THE GATEHOUSE GALLERY, GLASGOW. (MIXED SHOW)
2000-01-02TOLQUHON GALLERY, ABERDEENSHIRE. (MIXED SHOW)
2001THE BATH ART FAIR. (LEITH GALLERY)
2001-02FALLE FINE ART, THE NAPIER GALLERY, St. HELIER, JERSEY. (SCOTTISH SHOW)
2002-04ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON. (SOLO SHOW)
2003-04-05THE LEITH GALLERY, EDINBURGH (SOLO SHOW)
2003 -04NICHOLAS HAGEN FINE ART, BARNES, LONDON (SUMMER SHOW)
2003Q2 GALLERY, DUNDEE. (SOLO SHOW)
2003MERIDIAN ARTS, ST. GERMAIN, FRANCE. (MIXED SHOW)
2003ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON. (SUMMER SHOW)
2004THE AIR GALLERY, DOVER ST. LONDON (THE SCOTTISH SHOW)
2005BYARD ART, CAMBRIDGE (THE LONDON ART FAIR, ISLINGTON)
2005THE ART COMPANY SCOTLAND (THE EDINBURGH ART FAIR)
2005DEMONTFORT FINE ART (SUMMER SHOW)
2006ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON (BRINGING HOME THE BACON) SOLO SHOW.
2007-2014CONTEMPORARY FINE ART, ETON ( THE CALEDONIAN SHOW)
2007ARTERY’S GALLERY, ST. ANDREWS (MIXED SHOW)
2007RED RAG GALLERY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE (MIXED SHOW)
2007ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON (WINTER SALON)
2007QUEENS GALLERY, DUNDEE (WINTER SHOW)
2007-2012MCAULEY FINE ART (MELROSE EXHIBITION)
2007-2012ARTERIES, GLASGOW (WINTER SHOW)
2007MORNINGSIDE GALLERY, EDINBURGH (SUMMER SHOW)
2008ART IN THE CITY GALLERY, GLASGOW "SIGHTS FOR SORE EYES" (SOLO SHOW)
2008ART DE CAF, GLASGOW. "DEAD ROCK STARS" (MIXED SHOW)
2009ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON "SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC" (SOLO SHOW)
2010ALPHA-ART, EDINBURGH "FAITH, HOPE AND MONEY" (SOLO SHOW)
2011TORRANCE GALLERY, EDINBURGH (SOLO SHOW)
2011GALLERY 23, PARNIE ST. GLASGOW (MIXED SHOW)
2012-2016ARTERY’S GALLERY, ST. ANDREWS (MIXED SHOW)
2012ART OF OIL, EAST KILBRIDE (MIXED SHOW)
2012THE GATEHOUSE GALLERY, GLASGOW (MIXED SHOW)
2013BENTLEY SCOTLAND, HAMILTON SHOWROOM (SOLO SHOW)
2013GLASGOW ART CENTRE (MIXED SHOW)
2013-2016ARTERIES GALLERY, GLASGOW (MIXED SHOW)
2014BREEZE ART, JENNERS, EDINBURGH (MIXED SHOW)
2014BREEZE ART, HOUSE OF FRASER, GLASGOW (MIXED SHOW)
2014TRADES HALL, GLASGOW (ART FOR ERSKINE) (MIXED SHOW)
2015-2016CONTEMPORARY FINE ART GALLERY ETON (MIXED SHOW)
2016THE ROBERT BURNS BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, AYR (SOLO SHOW)
Charitable Exhibitions & Auctions
1995"British Red Cross" Exhibition and auction of work from selected artists, Christies, Glasgow.
1995"Help The Aged" Touring exhibition and auction of work from selected artists, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
1996"Save The Children" Auction of work from selected artists, Edinburgh.
1997"Artists In Arms" Touring exhibition, Cardiff, London and Edinburgh.
1999-07"Ayrshire Hospice Auction" The Turnberry Hotel.
2001Auctioned painting titled "High Rise", proceeds donated to families and victims of Sept. 11th attacks U.S.A. (Internet auction)
2001"Contemporary Scottish Paintings", auction, Christies, South Kensington, London.
2002-03"The Princess Royal's Trust For Carers", auction, Bonhams, Edinburgh. Auction, the Glasgow Art Club, Bath St. Glasgow
2003-06"Ayrshire Hospice" Summer Ball. Auction of donated painting.
2004-08"Hansel Foundation" auction, Radisson Hotel, Glasgow
2004"Bobath Scotland" children's therapy centre. Auction. Moathouse Hotel, Glasgow.
2004-08"Save The Children" exhibition and sale, McLaurin Galleries, Ayr.
2006"Lyon & Turnbull" Auctioneers, Edinburgh. "The Hunter Foundation" auction of work by selected Scottish artists.
2007Christies, London. Scottish art auction 25th May.
2007Christies, London. 20th Century British art auction 24th Oct.
2007Hansel Foundation charitable auction, Brig-o-doon House Hotel. Ayr.
2008Christies, London. Scottish art 16th April. South Kensington.
2008"Erskine" military ball charitable auction.
2008-12Great Western Auctions, Glasgow.
2008-12Shapes Auctioneers, Edinburgh.
2009-12McTears Auctioneers Glasgow
2009-12"Spifox" charitable auction, Edinburgh.
2010-12Hansel Foundation charitable auction, Lochgreen House Hotel, Troon.
Publications & Articles
1992 ARTS SUPPLEMENT, THE GUARDIAN. (CATALOGUE OF BRITISH ART TODAY. Pg. 35)
1995 'SUCCESS STORY', ARTISTS AND ILLUSTRATORS MAGAZINE. (BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE)
1995 LINEART INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, GHENT, BELGIUM. (CATALOGUE Pg. 195)
1995 'SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY', REVIEW BY W.GORDON SMITH (NOV. 19 Pg. 11)
1995 'HELP THE AGED', TOURING EXHIBITION AND AUCTION. (CATALOGUE)
1996 SOLO EXHIBITION SPONSORED BY 'CITIBANK'. (CATALOGUE) THE LEITH GALLERY, EDINBURGH.
1997 BBC NEWS CANNEL 24. (BREAKFAST TIME COVERAGE. ARTEXPO 98, JAVITS CENTRE, NEW YORK. MARCH 7th SCOTTISH ART IN NEW YORK.
1998 'U.S. ART', (MAGAZINE), BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE BY TRACY McCORMICK. (AUGUST ISSUE Pg. 54)
1999 'SCOTTISH FIGURATIVE PAINTING', ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON.
1999 'ART WORLD NEWS', (MAGAZINE), FOCUS ON SCOTTISH ART BY EVERT VAN VLASTUIN. (APRIL ISSUE Pg. 30)
1999 'SCOTTISH FIELD MAGAZINE', "AN ART IN LIFE", BY DR. FRASER G. INGLIS (SEPTEMBER ISSUE Pg. 24-25)
2000 'THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL OPERA', "THE TURN OF THE TIDE". CATALOGUE COVER.
2001 'LES BELLES ETOILES D'ECOSSE', FALLE FINE ART. JERSEY. (CATALOGUE)
2002 'POWERSUITS AND PINSTRIPES', SOLO EXHIBITION, THE ALBEMARLE GALLERY, LONDON.
2002 'THE SUNDAY EXPRESS', REWIEW BY KEVIN LOWRY. (MARCH 24th)
2003 "THE GLASGOW HERALD", (SUNDAY HERALD MAGAZINE) "DESTINY CALLING" BY IAIN WHITE (FEB 23rd)
2003 "THE SUNDAY HERALD", "SCOTTISH OPERA TRIES TO PAINT A BRIGHTER FUTURE" BY LIAM MCDOUGALL. (MAY 25th)
2003 "BBC RADIO SCOTLAND" (ARTS PROGRAMME) INTERVIEW BY COLIN SUMMERVILLE. (APRIL 4th)
2005 " METRO MAGAZINE" ("HOODIES" SERIES OF PAINTINGS ) EDINBURGH ART FAIR.
2005 "THE GLASGOW HERALD" (RABBIE BURNS PORTRAIT)
2005 "THE SCOTSMAN" (RABBIE BURNS PORTRAIT) SCOTLAND'S GREAT ROMANTIC.
2005 "ART BUSINESS TODAY" COVER. PAINTING THE TOWN RED. AUGUST ISSUE.
2006 "BBC RADIO SCOTLAND" FRED McAULEY SHOW, INTERVIEW. SCOTLANDS MOST EXPENSIVE FISH SUPPER.
2006 "THE DAILY RECORD, THE SUN, THE SCOTSMAN, THE EXPRESS, THE DAILY MAIL" (SCOTLANDS MOST EXPENSIVE FISH SUPPER)
2006 "THE DAILY RECORD" (BRINGING HOME THE BACON) MARCH 24th.
2006 "ARTISTS AND ILLUSTRATORS MAGAZINE" (BRINGING HOME THE BACON) MAY ISSUE.
2007 "SKY SPORTS NEWS" INTERVIEW AT PITCH SIDE, CELTIC PARK, GLASGOW (CELTIC FC UNVEIL NEW LISBON LION'S PAINTING)
2007 "THE DAILY EXPRESS", "THE DAILY RECORD" (CELTIC FC UNVEIL NEW LISBON LIONS PAINTING.
2008 "SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY" MUSIC OF BURNS, CD COVER ILLUSTRATION
2008 "THE GLASGOW HERALD" (SIGHTS FOR SORE EYES) EXHIBITION ARTICLE.
2009 "THE SCOTSMAN" 250th ANNIVERSARY CD COVER ILLUSTRATION (MUSIC OF BURNS)
2009 "ARTISTS AND ILLUSTRATORS MAGAZINE" (THE FIGURE) MAY ISSUE.
2010 "REAL RADIO" INTERVIEW BY CARLL SNEDDON, 30/7/09.
2011 "STV NEWS" NEW PORTRAIT OF "OOR WULLIE" UNVEILED AT GLASGOW AUCTION
2011 "THE DAILY RECORD", "GLASGOW HERALD", "THE SUN", "THE SCOTSMAN", "THE DAILY EXPRESS' NEW PORTRAIT OF "OOR WULLIE" UNVEILED AT GLASGOW AUCTION.
2012 "THE SCOTTISH ARTIST'S DIRECTORY"
2013 "THE GLASGOW HERALD" BENTLEY MOTORS EXHIBITION, "VROOM WITH A VIEW" MARTIN SHEILDS.
2015 "THE MAGAZINE OF THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND" FRONT COVER, SUMMER EDITION, PORTRAIT OF ROBERT BURNS.
Selected Collections
STANDARD LIFE, BAILLIE GIFFORD, BLACK APPOINTMENTS, THE SCOTTISH ARTS COUNCIL, ROYCE PLC, WILLIAM GRANT & SONS LIMITED, THE RALLI MUSEUM (SWITZERLAND AND ISRAEL), GLASGOW CELTIC FOOTBALL CLUB, DANIEL STEWART AND COMPANY FINANCIAL SERVICES, ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT, SIR TOM HUNTER, DEMONTFORT FINE ART AND PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS WORLDWIDE.
COMMISSIONED BY WILLIAM GRANT & SONS LTD. TO PRODUCE A PAINTING AND STATEMENT TO BE INCORPORATED ONTO THEIR BOTTLES OF GLENFIDDICH SINGLE MALT WHISKY.
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. IMAGES DISPLAYED AS BOARDINGS ON 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 TO BILLY MCNEILL, 1967 CUPWINNING TEAM CAPTAIN.
IN 2009 A PORTRAIT TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF THE LATE MICHAEL JACKSON RECEIVED WORLD WIDE PRESS COVERAGE. CLOSE FRIEND TO JACKSON 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.
COMMISSIONED IN 2013 BY NORTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL TO PRODUCE A PAINTING TO MARK THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF IRVINE BEING OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS A SCOTTISH NEW TOWN AND THE REGENERATION AND REDEVELOPMENT OF MUCH OF THE OLD TOWN. THE PAINTING WAS ALSO PRODUCED TO PORTRAY THE INFLUX DURING THIS PERIOD OF THE MANY FAMILIES FROM GLASGOW AND SURROUNDING AREAS WHO RESETTLED IN IRVINE.
COMMISSIONED IN 2013 BY BENTLEY MOTORS GLASGOW TO STAGE A MAJOR EXHIBITION OF NEW WORK FOR DISPLAY AT THEIR MAIN SCOTTISH DEALERSHIP IN HAMILTON. A NUMBER OF NEW "AUTOMOBILE INSPIRED" PIECES WERE PRODUCED FOR THIS SHOW.
COMMISSIONED BY "SCOTTISH ART DIRECT" TO PRODUCE A LARGE SCALE WORK INSPIRED BT SCOTLAND’S SO CALLED "TARTAN ARMY". THE FINISHED PAINTING TITLED "FLOWER OF SCOTLAND" WAS UNVEILLED AT THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL MUSEUM IN HAMPDEN PARK STADIUM, GLASGOW ATTRACTING NATIONAL TV, PRESS AND RADIO COVERAGE. THE ORIGINAL PAINTING WAS LOANED TO THE MUSEUM FOR A ONE YEAR PERIOD.
IN 2015, THE DANFORTH ART MUSEUM, FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS USA, AQUIRED THE LARGE SCALE WORK TITLED "DESPERADO’S" AND IS NOW PART OF THEIR PERMANENT COLLECTION.

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