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Paintings by Paul McCartney

Chief Rug, Painting by Paul McCartney
Chief Rug, Painting by Paul McCartney

Singer, songwriter, musician, and former Beatle, Paul McCartney first became interested in art as a child. However, once he began writing songs and making music, art took a back seat. In the early 1980s, at the age of 40, McCartney went back to art and began painting. He says that he was heavily influenced by artist Willem de Kooning.

According to Walker Art Gallery:

Paul remembers De Kooning’s attitude to his painting as a particular source of inspiration. One day he asked the artist what his painting was meant to be, to which de Kooning replied, “I don’t know, it looks like a couch, huh?” Paul found the remark profoundly liberating. In his own words, ‘he never looked back’.

In 1999 Paul McCartney held his first exhibition of paintings in Siegen, Germany. In September 2000, he published a book of his artwork, Paul McCartney: Paintings.

A selection of McCartney’s paintings are posted at his website. He has made a number of his paintings available as lithographs over the years. The most recent being “Chief Rug”, published earlier this year in a signed limited edition of 200.

In the video below, Paul McCartney talks to Diane Sawyer about his paintings prior to the first American exhibition of his paintings at Matthew Marks Gallery in November 2000 in New York City.

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