Beach towels

1990, Acrylic on canvas
102 x 102 cm

Paul McCartney

"Beach towels" is one of the "summer pictures" which McCartney painted on Long Island. It is based on the sensations of a sunny morning on a bathing beach. But beyond that it is an example of the various levels of reality in painting. The combination of techniques, such as scratching, wiping and applying paint directly from the tube, clearly documents on the one hand the artistic process as it takes place on the canvas but creates on the other hand the illusion of objective realism, with the elements air, water and earth. In comparison to McCartney's other landscapes, here the horizon is set very high. The illusion of distance (and beach atmosphere) in intense shades of blue and ochre provides an effortless link to the pictorial level. The break in the perspective underlines the fact that this is a painting, an artifice, and focuses on the relationships between shapes and colours on 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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