Sir Paul McCartney British Artist: (born 18 June 1942) In the early years of The Beatles, John Lennon and former member Stuart Sutcliffe attended Art college, consequently Paul likely felt inhibited in his visual art by his lack of formal art training, and so only began exploring his creative visual art later in life. During the sixties he became friendly with art critic, John Dunbar and gallery owner Robert Fraser. Through their circle of influential friends and young artists, Paul became familiar with contemporary art, meeting people like Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton who were to later design covers for The Beatles’ albums. Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road were both based on ideas that Paul developed with them. Paul would spend lots of time at the Fraser and Indica galleries, helping with the installation of exhibits and feeding his enthusiasm for the medium. McCartney began collecting and bought a number of paintings by the surrealist painter Magritte, whose influence on Paul’s own painting is considerable. Since 1983 he has set up studios in the south of England and in the USA, where he has been continuing to explore the medium of painting.