Ancient connections

1994, Oil on canvas
122 x 122 cm

Paul McCartney

McCartney's preoccupation with Celtic symbolism (inspired in part by finds in Celtic burial places in Germany) resulted in a series of paintings, the "Celtics". "Ancient connections" is the link with the present. Partly superimposed over the Celtic mask in the centre is a more differentiated physiognomy of another tribe, which reminds McCartney of Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. The two head symbols are side by side but have no communication with each other. The head on the right-hand side of the picture is isolated. It has a modern appearance and is the only one to seek eye contact with the viewer.. The connecting element between the three heads is a rod, a sort of "chain of civilisation", which seems to symbolize the continuity in human ideals throughout the millennia. By introducing a reference to the present, a cymbal which he puts into the lower part of the picture, McCartney ironically punctuates his preoccupation with early Celtic history. As in many of McCartney's pictures, the motif is embedded in a landscape.

PAUL McCARTNEY paintings , Kunstforum Lz, Siegen, 1. Mai bis 25. Juli 1999
Konzeption & Organisation der Ausstellung: Kultur!Bro. Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein
Paintings Paul McCartney. Photographs of the artist Estate of Linda McCartney

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