The Walker, William Brown Street, Liverpool, is to host an exhibition of Paul McCartney's paintings, sculpture and photographs from May 24th until August 4th 2002.
Boxer lips, 1990 (P.McCartney Copyright)
“I am very honoured to have been offered this exhibition at the Walker. John (Lennon) and I spent many a pleasant afternoon wandering around the Walker when we were young, so going back to the Pool with my paintings will complete some kind of circle for me and I'm really excited about it,” said Sir Paul about the show.
This exhibition will bring together around 70 paintings from throughout McCartney's career, including previously unseen and unpublished pieces using photographic and sculptural techniques. Curator Michael Simpson explained that Paul's work is always engaging often witty and at times illustrates his own moods, his love for family and friends, as well as his enduring fascination with colour.
Brains on fire, 1994 (P. McCartney Copyright)
Portraits, landscapes and abstracts will all feature in the show, including “Home territory” showing the streets around McCartney's childhood home in Speke, “Big Mountain Face”, perhaps his most impressive painting and “Yellow Linda with Piano”.
McCartney first reached some incredible fame with his "Beatles" Pop group and began painting in the early 1980s after a meeting with the renowned American artist Willem de Kooning. In the following years, he painted regularly amassing some 600 canvases in his British and American homes before finally mounting a show in Germany in 1999.
Egypt Station, 1988 (P. McCartney Copyright)
Encouraged by the warm reception the German exhibition received, McCartney agreed to bring a larger and more comprehensive exhibition to his home town of Liverpool.