The Art of Paul McCartney At the National Museum Liverpool
  Pual McCartney at the Walker Gallery
 
Pual McCartney at Museum  
the art of Paul McCartney
Walker Art Gallery
24 May - 4 August 2002
 
"John and I spent many a pleasant afternoon wandering around Walker Art Gallery 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" - Sir Paul McCartney
 
It is fitting that the first comprehensive exhibition of Paul McCartney's paintings in Britain, should be at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool - a mark of the affection and loyalty that Paul feels for his hometown. It's an extraordinary show, highlighting the artistic talents of the world-famous musician, and revealing McCartney's free-flowing creativity.   Paul McCartney art show
 
The exhibition includes more than sixty paintings created during the last twenty years. Many works in the show are new and have never been previously exhibited or published, including natural wood sculpture and photo pieces.
 
This highly varied collection shows Paul's intuitive approach and love of free association. The paintings reveal a real sense of spontaneity and a natural empathy with the medium. They are a reflection of his humour, his inspirations, and the different periods in his life.
 
Paul is aware that he risks being seen as a 'celebrity painter' - a label that he finds uninteresting, but that he knows (as one of the most famous men in the world) it will be difficult to evade. His decision to exhibit comes from a genuine desire to progress as a painter - to do something new and challenging and to get a 'little feedback', just as anyone who has been painting seriously for twenty years might.
 
His aim is not to win critical acclaim but to further his artistic and creative output - to take risks, break conventions and flout expectations. It is a typical of a man who has already pioneered popular music, ventured into the genres of film, soundtracks and orchestral music and supports the wider arts industry through projects like the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
 
A brief history
• Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool on 18 June, 1942.
• He attends school at Liverpool Institute.
• He visits Walker Art Gallery and develops and interest in art.
• At the age of fourteen Paul writes his first song.
• During the 1960s he revolutionizes music as part of The Beatles.
• He develops an interest in pop art and meets contemporary artists like David • Hockney, Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi.•
• In 1966 Peter Blake designs the cover for Sgt Pepper based on a Paul McCartney sketch.
• In 1968 Richard Hamilton designs the cover for 'The Beatles' (white album). •In 1969 Hamilton designs the Abbey Road cover based on Paul's idea.
He marries Linda McCartney in 1969. He is inspired by his father in law's art collection, which includes Picasso, Matisse, Rothko, Lindner and de Kooning.
• During the 1970s he forms the group Wings.
• In 1980s he starts painting and is heavily influenced be Willem de Kooning.
• In 1990 he begins to compose orchestral and choral music.
• His Liverpool Oratorio commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society premieres in 1991. It has since been performed more than 100 times in twenty countries.
• In 1995 Paul becomes a member of the Royal College of Music.
• In 1996 Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts is opened with backing from Paul.
• He is knighted in 1996 for his contribution to music, becoming Sir Paul McCartney.
• In 1999 Paul holds his first exhibition of paintings in Siegen, Germany.
• In September 2000, Little, Brown and Company publishes 'Paul McCartney paintings'.
• On 24 May 2002, the art of Paul McCartney, Paul's first major UK retrospective opens at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.