Shark on Georgica

1993, Acrylic on canvas
91 x 91 cm

Paul McCartney

Painted during the summer on Long Island near New York, McCartney's "Georgica" (the name of a lake near the coast) presents a mixture of idyll and alienation. A wealthy district, a sanctuary for celebrated film directors and fashion designers. The painting shows the suggestion of a sailing boat on "Georgica". Commenting on this idyllic retreat of the rich and famous, the artist makes his point with caustic British humour as the dorsal fin of a shark - an impossible idea! - threateningly breaks the surface to upset the harmony of the scene. "Shark on Georgica" is a painting with a landscape reference and with an ironic touch typical of McCartney. As in some of his other works, McCartney has followed Rothko's example and extended the painting around the edges of the canvas.

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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