Artist’s works paying tribute to Scottish whisky industry to go to auction


OIL paintings paying tribute to Scotland’s whisky industry are to go to auction this weekend.

The auction will feature internationally renowned Scottish artist Graham McKean’s paintings which feature different aspects of the whisky making process.

The paintings will feature at the auction of Scottish contemporary art at McTear’s in Glasgow this weekend.

Graham McKean - Whisky nosers and tasters - Art News Scotland
Graham McKean – Whisky nosers and tasters

The eight paintings mix still life and figurative painting to portray a range of skills within the industry from distillation top cooperage.

Graham McKean’s whisky series will feature at McTear’s online Scottish Contemporary Art Auction on Sunday 28th February.

The 226 lot auction will also showcase works by many other renowned Scottish artists including, Peter Howson, John Bellany, Jolomo, John Cunningham and Avril Paton amongst others.

Graham McKean - The Laughing Cooper - Art News Scotland
Graham McKean – The Laughing Cooper

Ayrshire based Mr McKean said: “I visited the Glenfiddich distillery for a commission about twenty years ago and I have been fascinated by the processes and characters within the whisky business ever since.

“The coopers would go for a dram after work and I loved chatting and hearing their stories.

“It reminded me of my uncles who worked in the shipyards and would follow a similar routine after work with a few drams in the local pub.

“All skilled men, who were proud of their trade and had great stories to tell.

Graham McKean - Scottish Fire Water Study - Art News Scotland
Graham McKean – Scottish Fire Water Study

“In each painting I have tried to portray these incredible characters doing what they do best, and I hope that the paintings will bring a smile to those who see them.”

Although the current restrictions do not allow in-person auctions, McTear’s has the technology to ensure that buyers and sellers can see the auction in their own homes.

Brian Clements, managing director at McTear’s added: “We have sold some stunning single malt whiskies and some outstanding works of Scottish contemporary art over the years but it’s not often we get to combine the two.

“McTear’s has had a long association with Graham McKean and for good reason.  Graham is one of the country’s most celebrated artists with his work featuring in private collections and galleries across the globe.

“These latest pieces show the artist at the height of his powers with each image packed with his trademark humour and eye for detail.

“They are stunning works and I have no doubt they will attract huge interest on Sunday.”