Village Green Preservation Society


The title of this work is borrowed from The Kinks’ 1968 album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. In this work Pete pays homage to ‘quintessential English’ songwriters who explored the concept of ‘suburbia’ and small English towns in their work. This ‘quintessential Englishness’ is referred to by the cups of tea they all drink, despite being in a pub. From left to right, dressed in the most dapper of clothes are the Small Faces’ Steve Marriott, The Who’s Pete Townshend, The Kinks’ Ray Davies and The Jam’s Paul Weller. When painting these characters the artist dressed them in clothes worn in their heydays. Townsend is dressed in a suit with the colours of the Union Jack, a nod to a famous photo of The Who posed under this flag.

Originally created for the 2012 Great Moments in Popular Music exhibiton.

Product Options:

This image is available as an art print, produced on high-quality paper and available unframed or framed. This image is also available on canvas. 

Unframed art print*
Small print: 40cm x 40cm
Large print: 60cm x 60cm

*Dimensions include a white border that surrounds the image and measures approximately 5cm.

Please note that unframed prints take 1-3 working days to be printed and an extra 1-2 working days for delivery. Unframed prints are available the same day from the McKee gallery for collection only.

Framed art print
Mounted and framed in a bespoke, glass, black angled frame. Made by the gallery's local framer.

Small framed print: 43cm x 43cm (approx)
Large framed print: 63cm x 63cm (approx)

Please note that framed prints take 7-10 working days to be made up and an extra 2-3 working days for delivery.

Our canvases are hand-stretched onto chunky pine frames with hand-folded corners. Our McKee images are printed onto the canvases with high-definition printers to produce sharp, high-quality images.

Canvas: 31cm x 31cm

Please note our canvases can take up to 7 working days to be delivered or to be collected in store.  


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