AN ARTIST born and based in Irvine is launching his first home town exhibition in the Harbour Arts Centre next week.

From January 18 to March 4, Graham McKean's oil paintings, pencil drawings, and “limited-edition” prints on display in a free exhibition titled Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls at the HAC's main galleries.

Irvine Times: Sex and Drugs and Sausage RollsSex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls (Image: Graham McKean/North Ayrshire Council)

Graham said: "This will be my first solo show at the Harbour Arts Centre.

“It includes images and themes I have depicted over recent years. These include humour, alcoholism, addiction, love and hope.

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"The venue is very near my own studio, within the nearby Courtyard Studios, and it is a real pleasure for me to show locally.

"Since becoming a full-time artist almost 27 years ago, I have always been a supporter of the fantastic work the HAC does for all the arts.

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"It has become a real creative hub within the West of Scotland for not only the visual arts but performance also.”

Graham has worked as a fulltime artist for the past 27 years after previously working as a graphic designer for 17 years.

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His work has been featured in galleries and displays throughout the world from the iconic Glasgow Print Studio to the New York based Forbes Galleries.

Notable for their depictions of ordinary people and scenarios, Graham’s work is also known for utilising his sense of humour.

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He added: "With this exhibition I have tried to include a wide selection of images that cover the various themes I have touched on over the years and I wanted to give the viewer as varied a selection of my work as possible."

Find out more about Graham and his work on his website -