Andy in the garden

1990, Oil on canvas
61 x 92 cm

Paul McCartney

Painted in typically rhythmic and relaxed fashion, with scratchings and a strongly gestural application of the paint, the picture reflects an autumn evening in the artist's garden in the South of England. As is often the case, the artist blends elements from his stock of unconscious ideas and images into his immediate environment. The Andy Warhol figure which emerges from the brushstrokes is unintentional. McCartney draws a parallel with Warhol: "I heard about the Velvet Underground ... and they said (what) made him the greatest producer ever (was that) anything they did, he allowed them complete freedom and he just enjoyed it, and it is very interesting because it is kind of opposite for me in painting, him coming into music and just allowing it, following what he saw, it is the same journey I am doing into painting, only the opposite direction, you know, the paint makes Andy appear so it is just a magic moment ..."

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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