|TRATOS are proud to introduce cable wizard “Tommy Tratos”|
TRATOS are proud to introduce their very own cable wizard Tommy Tratos, created by Sheffield’s world famous artist Pete Mckee. Tommy will be appearing on the TRATOS website and future catalogues to help guide you though news, products and technical advice.
Pete McKee’s art lays bare the human side of working-class life. His inspiration is the vividly remembered places and characters of his youth in the ’60s and ’70s – the days when everyone had a cigarette on the go and working men’s clubs were full of working men (and occasionally their wives). And when holidays meant fish and chips on the seafront at Skegness. Pete has already achieved legendary status in his native Sheffield, where his evocation of place and time has fired the imagination of the Steel City. And yet it’s much more than local nostalgia, as a growing worldwide reputation attests. One of Pete’s recurring themes is pop music, pop culture and fashion, and its impact on Great Britain’s youth – all beautifully observed. It was an achingly perfect portrayal of a bedroom guitar-playing dreamer that caught the attention of Noel Gallagher,
Pete is a self-taught artist who includes Hergé, Edward Hopper and Patrick Caulfield among his inspirations. With an economical modernist style that owes much to the dues he paid for years as a spare-time jobbing cartoonist, there isn’t an artist from any era who can convey so much character with so few lines. And the bold uniform fields of colour and dramatic shading echo the greatest graphic artists of the 20th century. Pete’s best paintings are true contemporary works of art. Pete only began creating colour canvases five years ago. But he got it very right first time and began to exhibit his work. Within four years he was enjoying sell-out solo shows and receiving commissions from the likes of Oasis, The Arctic Monkeys and 20th Century Fox.
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