Updated May 22. When he was 11 years old, young Paul McCartney won a prize for his drawing of a neighborhood church. The Liverpool lad used his award money to purchase an art book filled with reproductions of the paintings of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Now, an artist in his own right, Sir Paul returns to Liverpool for the opening of an exhibit of his work called "The Art of Paul McCartney," at the Walker Art Gallery. (see January 28)
The exhibit opens on this Friday, May 24, but Sir Paul is expected to arrive earlier in the week to oversee the final preparations for the show. The Liverpool Echo reports that Sir Pauls art exhibition will likely break the Walker Gallery's attendance record of 1,000 visitor a day set by the exhibition of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.
Among the more than 70 landscapes and abstract paintings on exhibit in the show will be an interesting new portrait of the American talk show host, Larry King. You may recall that when Sir Paul appeared as a guest on the Larry King Show to promote his poetry book Blackbird Singing (see June 12, 2001) he surprised his host by taking his picture with his Casio wristwatch camera. The shot was included in Sir Paul's collage of photos featured in the original Driving Rain album. (see November 13, 2001)
Now the grainy photo has undergone an interesting transformation. Sir Paul enlarged the original photographic print and covered it with a wash of light colors. The result is an impressionistic work where the blobs of yellow paint blend to reveal the face of Larry King. The portrait will be exhibited for the first time at the Walker Gallery show.
Larry King has declaired that he is flattered with the painting saying, "I have had many honours in my life. This ranks with the best of them."
If you are unable to get to Liverpool this summer, you can create your own McCartney art exhibit at home with the merchandise being offered for sale by the Walker Gallery. By fax or phone, one may purchase copies of Sir Paul's art work in the form of books, prints, mugs, pens, T-shirts, and mouse pads.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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