The Paul McCartney Project

Paul McCartney's portrait unveiled at The National Portrait Gallery

Thursday, February 2, 1984 • Posted in “A day in the life

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The National Portrait Gallery had commissioned artist Humphrey Ocean, to create a portrait of Paul McCartney. This portrait was unveiled on this date. Paul did four sittings for Humphrey Ocean in May 1983

Paul McCartney was not present due to commitments linked to the filming of Give My Regards To Broad Street.

Paul McCartney
by Humphrey Ocean
oil on canvas, 1983
33 5/8 in. x 19 1/2 in. (854 mm x 495 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, 1982 Imperial Tobacco Portrait Award, 1983
Primary Collection
NPG 5695
From National Portrait Gallery

From National Portrait Gallery:

In the 1970s Ocean had been co-opted by his art tutor Ian Dury as a bass player with the band Kilburn and the High Roads. Already in the rock music world, he then travelled as artist in residence on a Wings tour of America in 1976, and so knew his sitter well when he came to paint him for the National Portrait Gallery.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Monty Fresco/ANL/Shutterstock (1507704a) Artist Humphrey Ocean Alongside His Portrait Of Pop Star Paul Mccartney At The National Portrait Gallery Artist Humphrey Ocean Alongside His Portrait Of Pop Star Paul Mccartney At The National Portrait Gallery

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