As an amateur boxer, Patrick Killian started late at 16 and had his first amateur contest at 18 in Newbridge in 1993, stopping his opponent in the 3rd round. A young man called Joe Calzaghe also boxed on the same bill! Killian's amateur record was 45 senior bouts winning 35, stopping more than 15 inside the distance of three to five rounds. Killian seriously considered becoming a professional with the Calzaghe camp after winning the Amateur Boxing Federation title in 1997, but due to hurting hands, he felt it was the wrong move for his art career. Also, he had become disillusioned with the politics surrounding the sport and the amateur scene at the time, and so pursued his dream of becoming a professional artist.
Killian's work has been a constant progression during the last 25 years. After selling his first painting at age 15, he knew it was possible to be a professional artist. After finishing his General Certificate of Secondary Education, he took a general Art & Design course before attending Carmarthenshire College of Technology & Art, graduating with a distinction in Fine Art and Illustration in 1995. Fresh out of college, his work was published as a range of Greeting Cards for Royal Publications and Gluvian Galleries. Because boxing had been a huge part of Killian's life, he began mixing both passions, creating many of his heroes on canvas. His first success was producing a large commission of Steve Robinson for ITV sponsors Empress Car Sales in 1995. His next big success came with a commission in 2005 from James J. Houlihan, the American Curator of the successful World Tour Exhibition, The Fighting Irishmen. The exhibition included four of Killian's paintings and travelled since its inception in New York in 2006 showcasing in subsequent years at the South Seaport Museum, Boston College, Ulster American Folk Park Museum, Dublin Croke Park Museum, and Limerick, Ireland, in April 2011, before its conclusion in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2013.
His latest works consist of various icons painted in a contemporary style. The distinctive blue in his works make the image pop out, highlighting the shadows. Some collectors now instinctively know after seeing the work that it's a Killian.Killian paints many sporting and charity events, raising thousands of dollars for various charities. He is also an ambassador to the Amelia Mae Davies Children's Cancer Charity. Additionally, he has worked with some of the biggest names in sport over the last few years including: Muhammad Ali, 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. Killian regularly exhibits in Las Vegas at Jeff Mitchum Galleries, MGM Grand, where he showcases his series of UFC paintings. He also continues to exhibit regularly and paints live at sport and charity events. Most recently, Killian conducted a live painting at an event with football legend, Pele, at the Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road Leeds