Paul's New Art

Some 70 Paul McCartney oil paintings, featuring John Lennon, Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Charlie Watts and other friends as subjects, are included in a show opening this weekend in the small town of Siegen, Germany, near Cologne. Also included are a couple of whimsical portraits of Queen Elizabeth II — “The Queen Getting a Joke” and “The Queen After Her First Cigarette.” The former Beatle said he took up painting after his 40th birthday in 1982. “Until then I had this big block in my head that only people who went to art school were allowed to paint,” he said. “But when I got to 40, I realized this block was madness.”

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