Paintings

McCartney, Paul

Published by Little, Brown & Company, 2000
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Synopsis: For over seventeen years, Paul McCartney has been a committed painter, discovering in paint on canvas another expression beyond his music that has made him such a beloved artist worldwide. His painting, like much of his life, has been a very private endeavor. Last year he exhibited the work for the first time in a small museum in Germany, where it met with critical acclaim. In Paul McCartney: Paintings he shares this work for all to enjoy. His is a world full of faces: from the many lovely abstract portraits of Linda to irreverent, affectionate portraits of the Queen, and the playful, Warhol-like portrait of himself as an Elvis clone ("Elvish Me"). This positive mood is shaded by intriguing, darker masks and portraits, and also abstract landscapes redolent with a sense of place. He sculpts and carves the paint upon the canvas, working with a physical pleasure and immersion influenced by his friend, Willem de Kooning. Candid photographs by Linda McCartney of her husband in the studio provide an exciting counterpoint to the work revealed. Brief texts by critics place his paintings within context, while a long and insightful interview allows McCartney's own voice to be heard.The delight he feels in his exploration of pigment and canvas is contagious; readers cannot help but be drawn into this warm and often playful world and will emerge with a new respect for his creative genius.

Review: Tony Bennett, David Byrne, and occasionally David Bowie all do it--they make art. With the introduction of Paul McCartney: Paintings, we can now add the famous Beatle to the list. The book is a catalog of paintings from McCartney's 1999 exhibition in Germany. Music and art have many things in common; for McCartney it is the freedom to "play" that connects both endeavors. Fittingly, his paintings draw most of their influence from abstract expressionism, in which the material quality of the paint itself inspires the drips, blobs, and splatters. His paintings range from cartoon-like figures and faces to open landscapes. The colors are dynamic with varying thicknesses of paint, some with marks scratched into the surface, all with stories and symbolic value.

From the illustrations and accompanying essays to the very candid interview, we are given remarkable insight into McCartney's practice as a committed creative person. He confides his insecurities as a painter who has never gone to art school, and his defining moments as an artist both musically and visually. There is an unusually generous section in which McCartney discusses many of the paintings in the book; it's a behind-the-scenes look as he elaborates on the personal meanings behind certain symbols, tells stories and anecdotes, and acknowledges his painterly influences, specifically Willem de Kooning. Also included are personal photographs of the artist at work, 117 color illustrations, and 17 duotone photographs. --J.P. Cohen

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Title: Paintings
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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