Large yellow face

1990, Oil on canvas
122 x 122 cm

Paul McCartney

Very characteristic of McCartney's painting on Long Island during the summer months are the bright yellow-orange shades which are supported by reds and browns. Two physiognomies appear to come out of the light. The left-hand one is only visible in outline, giving more the impression of a torso than a face, while the right-hand figure surfaces, phantomlike, from the wash of colour. Originally it was Linda McCartney's features which formed the basis of the face, but in the course of the painting process new features developed of their own accord. The result is a landscape which follows the lines of a physiognomy and suggests stone and earth formations, a "head landscape". In "Large yellow face" too, the painting process is of prime importance, but form and content are also vehicles for emotional states, inner faces.

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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