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 Paul McCartney  (1942 - )

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Lived/Active: New York / England      Known for: abstract expression, figurative painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A member of the famous "Beatles" music group, Paul McCartney started painting in the mid-1980s after he met Willem de Kooning. In November, 2000, a special exhibition of his paintings, not for sale, was held at the New York's Matthew Marks Gallery to benefit cancer research.

In 1966, McCartney met art gallery-owner Robert Fraser, whose flat was visited by many well-known artists. McCartney met Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Peter Blake, and Richard Hamilton there, and learned about art appreciation.  McCartney later started buying paintings by Magritte, and used Magritte's painting of an apple for the Apple Records logo.  He now owns Magritte's easel and spectacles.

McCartney's love of painting surfaced after watching artist Willem de Kooning paint, in Kooning's Long Island studio.  McCartney took up painting in 1983.  In 1999, he exhibited his paintings (featuring McCartney's portraits of John Lennon, Andy Warhol, and David Bowie) for the first time in Siegen, Germany, and included photographs by Linda.  He chose the gallery because Wolfgang Suttner (local events organizer) was genuinely interested in his art, and the positive reaction led to McCartney showing his work in UK galleries.

The first UK exhibition of McCartney's work was opened in Bristol, England with more than 500 paintings on display. McCartney had previously believed that "only people that had been to art school were allowed to paint"—as Lennon had.

In October 2000, Yoko Ono and McCartney presented art exhibitions in New York and London. McCartney said, "I've been offered an exhibition of my paintings at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool where John and I used to spend many a pleasant afternoon. So I'm really excited about it. I didn't tell anybody I painted for 15 years but now I'm out of the closet."

As an artist, Paul McCartney designed a series of six postage stamps issued by the Isle of Man Post on 1 July 2002.  According to BBC News, McCartney seems to be the first major rock star in the world who is also known as a stamp designer.


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