Wish You Were Here


"We desire a house with a sea view and one day we all may get that opportunity, whether we like it or not." - Pete McKee

Curatorial Note

Created for Pete's 2022 Don't Adjust Your Mindset exhibition, this work explores climate change and the Earth’s increasing fragility by referencing postcard culture in which messages from the sender are written on the card’s image. The juxtaposition of the cheery message coupled with the devastation at the bottom of the cliff, creates tension. This tension is a metaphor for how many of us feel about climate change. Even though we worry about it and, to varying degrees, do what we can to combat it, we often feel powerless.

In the painting static caravans line the top of the cliff, overlooking the sea. Above them is an expanse of bright blue sky. The occupants are oblivious to the destruction below. This references how some governments, corporations and individuals would prefer to ignore what is going on right under their noses. The irreparably damaged caravan, which has been smashed to smithereens, symbolises the irreversible damage occurring because of climate change, as well as representing the many homes that will inevitably be lost or damaged.

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 56cm
Large print: 50cm x 70cm

*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 53cm (approx)
Large framed print: 54cm x 70cm (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 41cm

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


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