Stephen McKeown

Stephen McKeown was born in Ballymena in 1951. As a child, he had a keen interest in animals. He lived between Ballymena and Larne where he helped out in the local stables. He remembers drawing the family dog a lot. McKeown was brought up with dogs, mainly Corgis and Cairn Terriers, and these were the subjects of some of his earliest art.

McKeown left school at fourteen and worked in the salt mines in Kilroot. He married at eighteen and moved to England and then to Amsterdam where he lived working as a painter and decorator, lorry driver and bartender. At the age of twenty seven he met an artist who encouraged him to draw and paint. It was then suggested that he should apply for a place at Art College. McKeown graduated from the College ... READ MORE