Kevin McKrell is a talented guy. He is a gifted folksinger and a songwriter. He founded the bands Donnybrook Fair and The McKrells. He has been on tour all over the place and played some of the most popular Irish and Celtic festivals. His bands have played on famous stages and performed in front of huge crowds. All kinds of other well-known artists have either recorded or performed his songs.Such an accomplished musical career would probably be good enough for any one man.
However, it is not enough for Kevin. In addition to being a world-class musician, he has a whole other career. He is also an award-winning painter. He specializes in portraits. He is probably more well known for his music, but his paintings are quite good.His work has been exhibited in places like the West Side Gallery in Saratoga Springs and the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany, New York.You can also buy prints of his paintings through the Fine Art America website.
Kevin turned to art when he was having health difficulties. Around 1998, his asthma made him unwell and he was forced to slow down.Ever the artist, instead of doing nothing, he started to draw. By 2001, he was painting. Many of his portraits depict his Irish and Celtic roots. He has painted portraits of a Saint Patrick’s Day parade, horses, bagpipers, and James Joyce. Many of his subjects are wearing Irish caps and holding a pint of Guinness. He has also painted several pictures of Santa. One of our favorites is a portrait of Santa and some elves holding up pints in an apparent toast. The title of the portrait is December 26.Some of his pencil designs have even been printed on clothing, including one portrait of three brothers stumbling out of a bar entitled Feckin’ Wrecked.He has claimed that it is fairly easy for him to draw old Irish men, and you can see that they are a frequent portrait subject for him.
He also used his paintings to help raise money for an artists’ coop in Saratoga Springs back in 2009. In order to help pay for upkeep and keep the studio affordable for local artists, he participated in a large benefit they were hosting. He had a painting there for sale. He ran the auction for some of the more expensive paintings available for salethat night. He also performed with the McKrells as part of the benefit.
If you are interested in seeing some of his work, click this link. Drop us a line and let us know which one is your favorite!