The work of a talented Ayrshire artist who sadly died 30 years ago has been showcased in a special exhibition in the town. 

More than 150 friends and family travelled from up and down the UK to Stewarton to celebrate the work of Robert McKee.

Robert, who passed away in a diving accident aged 26, was a talented student at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.

He created prints which spoke of the lives of the city’s homeless men and women who he spent time with and got to know. 

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His body of work, including sketches, paintings, and prints, revealed a deep concern for an issue that continues to impact society.

Three decades on, the McKee family felt that the time was right for Robert’s life and work to be celebrated and brought his portfolio down from the attic.

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The exhibition, organised by friends and Robert’s younger brother and sister, took place in Stewarton's John Knox Church on November 17.

It was the first time Robert’s work had been on public display, and despite fears from his mum Ann of a low turnout, the family were blown away by the support. 

Robert’s younger sister, Karen, said: “What a perfect tribute to Robert! It couldn’t have been any better and the turnout was unbelievable, a true sign of the impact Robert had.”

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As well as his Van Gogh influenced artwork, the exhibition featured Robert’s band ‘Hallelujah Square’, with his younger brother Brian stepping in as guest vocalist.

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The sale of prints of Robert’s work have already raised over £5,000 to be split between two charities dear to the McKee family’s heart, Shelter and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The celebrations continued after the event at Stewarton’s Book Nook.

The McKee family expressed their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped to make the night such a joyful tribute their son and brother.