Renowned Artist Patrick J. Killian has carved a niche for himself in the art world as a creator of phenomenal portraits of important, highly rated and successful pop culture figures.
With respect to combat sports, his paintings capture the intensity of the art together with the focus and determination of the figures
These portraits are sought after by serious art collectors and boxing/mma fans as they are an important documentation of the careers of these champion fighters and the meteoric rise of MMA as a lucrative worldwide sport.
Killian Exhibits Original Lomachenko v Rigondeaux in New York. Original Art signed by both fighters. exhibited at Madison Square Garden for weigh in & featured on ESPN website Killian exhibits Lomachenko v Rigondeaux at official fight Hotel ~ Stewart Hotel
Killian exhibits original Canelo v Golovkin Painting in Vegas ~ Original Sold to collector in Olympia, Washington USA
Killian exhibits the Original Signed Painting of Ward v Kovalev 2 at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Events Center. Also at the MGM Grand Jeff Mitchum Gallery. Original sold to collector in Washington USA
Exhibiting the Original Mayweather v McGregor in Las Vegas at the Jeff Mitchum Gallery. Original sold to a collector in Canada
A few months before this...exhibiting a series of works in La Jolla, California also at the Jeff Mitchum Gallery, showcasing his Frampton vs Cruz 2 piece...both Jan 2017. He exhibits regularly at sport & charity events, Painting live. Most recently doing a live painting at an evening with football legend ~ Pele ~ at the Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road Leeds. Exhibition in La Jolla, San Diego at the Jeff Mitchum Gallery
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His work has been a constant progression over the last 25 years, After selling his first painting at age 15 he knew then that it was possible to be a professional Artist. After leaving school with an A at GCSE he went on to study locally doing a general Art & Design course. Then to Carmarthenshire College of Technology & Art and graduated with a distinction in Fine Art/ illustration in 1995. Fresh out of college his work was published as a range of Greeting Cards for Royal Publications and Gluvian Galleries.
During this time Boxing was a huge part of his life, he mixed both passions together creating many of his heroes on canvas. His first success here was producing a large commission of Steve Robinson for ITV sponsors Empress Car Sales in 1995
As an amateur, he started late at 16 and had his first amateur contest at 18 in Newbridge in 1993, stopping his apponent in the 3rd round. A young man called Joe Calzaghe also boxed on the same bill!! His amateur record was 45 senior bouts winning 35, stopping more than 15 inside the distance of 3 to 5 rounds (5x2min rounds in Championships 1997). He seriously considered turning pro with the Calzaghe camp after winning the then ABF (Amateur Boxing Federation) title in 1997, but due to his hands hurting he felt it was the wrong move for his Art career, also disillusioned with the politics surrounding the sport and the amateur scene at that time he pursued his dream of becoming a professional Artist. Check out this YouTube footage of Killian's amateur days ~ The Art of Boxing
Further success came with a big commission in 2005 from James J. Houlihan the American Curator of the successful World Tour Exhibition ~ The Fighting Irishmen ~ The Exhibition travelled since its inception in New York in 2006, The South Seaport Museum, New York in 2007, Boston College 2008, Ulster American Folk Park Museum 2009, Dublin Croke Park Museum in 2010 Limerick, Ireland in April 2011 before finishing in Pheonix Arizona in 2013. The exhibit included 4 of his paintings. more can be seen here www.fightingirishmen.com
View video here: Fighting Irishmen Exhbit Mural painting by Killian
His latest works consist of various icons painted in a contemporary style, The distinctive blue in the works, for Killian, make the image pop out, highlighting the shadows. Some people have already mentioned that seeing the work they instinctively know it's a Killian.
Over the last few years he has painted on many sporting and charity events raising many thousands for various charities through his paintings. In December 2009 his Amongst Legends painting of Jenson Button raised £6,000 for the Make a Wish Childrens Charity. He has worked with some of the biggest names in sport over the last few years including: Muhammad Ali's (Celebrity fight night) Mike Tyson, Paul Gascoigne, Sugar Ray Leonard, Nigel Mansell, Henry Cooper, Tony Jacklin, Naseem Hamed, Jamie Robinson, Shane Warne and Gary Player to name a few.
An ambassador to the Amelia Mae Davies Children's Cancer Charity
Happy to paint all subject matter and always willing to take on new commissions
Galleries currently selling my work
Steak of the Art Gallery ~ Cardiff
Art PoweRed ~ Greenwich, London
Apple Pie House Gallery ~ Gloucester Quays, Birmingham and Chelthenam
Hall of Frames ~ Belper, Derbyshire
Jeff Mitchum Galleries ~ La Jolla, California
Jeff Mitchum Galleries ~ MGM Grand,Las Vegas