Pete McKee – Painting a Better Picture

The artist Pete McKee from the city of Sheffield in the UK is renowned for dismantling stereotypes about the working classes with his exuberant, joyful paintings, drawings and murals. As part of his exhibition, This Class Works, Pete is letting Project Twist-It host some short videos where he explains the backdrop to and inspiration for a few of his works.

You can also read the Q & A Pete has contributed to the Blog Page on this website explaining why telling stories through art are important and transformative.

Pete McKee talks about his painting Night Club, taken from his latest exhibition 'This Class Works'.

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Pete talks about how one street in Sheffield helped inspire a piece of art.

Pete McKee talks about his painting Let Them Eat Crisps from his latest exhibition 'This Class Works'

Let them eat crisps

This short video shows Pete with a painting that is a play on the words of the infamous Marie-Antoinette quote - ‘Let them eat cake’. He describes how the work is a response to “modern day misunderstandings of poverty and hunger.”

Pete McKee talks about his painting National Hug Service, taken from his latest exhibition 'This Class Works'.

national hug service

The work Pete talks about in this short video was a response to his own care from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). It is an homage to what the NHS does for ordinary people beyond medical care. Its about the ‘love and tenderness” that patients experience.

Pete McKee talks about his painting Club Book Club from his latest exhibition 'This Class Works'