Don McKinlay was born in 1929 in Bootle, Liverpool. Between 1946 and 1950 he attended the Liverpool School of Art and from 1960 onwards he pursued the career of a lecturer at St. Helen’s School of Art, Manchester School of Art, Liverpool School of Art and Manchester Polytechnic. He produce’s works in painting, sculpture and etching.
His one-man shows have been held at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, Ayling Porteous Gallery, Chester, Bede Gallery, Jarrow, Liverpool Cathedral (Amnesty International), Liverpool Academy, Merseyside Arts, Liverpool and Salford Art Gallery. His work has been included in mixed shows at
the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Cartwright Hall, Bradford, Cornerhouse, Manchester, Liverpool Academy, Williamson Art Gallery, and Birkenhead.
A member and regular exhibitor at the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, he is undoubtedly one of the most talented artists to come from the North-West of England.