Don McKinlay was born in Bootle, Liverpool, in 1929. He studied at Liverpool School of Art from 1946 to 1950, and from 1960 to 1960, he worked as a professor at St. Helen’s School of Art, Manchester School of Art, Liverpool School of Art, and Manchester Polytechnic. He creates paintings, sculptures, and etchings.
The Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool, the Ayling Porteous Gallery in Chester, the Bede Gallery in Jarrow, Liverpool Cathedral (Amnesty International), Liverpool Academy, Merseyside Arts in Liverpool, and Salford Art Gallery have all hosted one-man exhibitions. His work has been shown at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Cartwright Hall in Bradford, Cornerhouse in Manchester, Liverpool Academy, Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead, and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
He is a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and a frequent exhibitor there. He is without a doubt one of the most brilliant painters to emerge from the North-West of England.