Photograph by Terry O'Neill, courtesy of Iconic Images

Photograph by Terry O’Neill, courtesy of Iconic Images

 

 

Endorsed by Paul McCartney and in support of two of the UK’s leading arts and music charities, ART IN A CORNER is inspired by Images of a Woman, the only known painting ever made by The Beatles, painted in Japan in 1966.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the painting, some of the world’s biggest bands and performers have followed in The Beatles’ footsteps to create their own ‘Images of…’ paintings, in support of two of the country’s leading arts and music charities.

 

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(Photograph by Robert Whitaker, courtesy of Getty Images)

Photograph by Robert Whitaker, courtesy of Getty Images

Images of a Woman

The only known painting The Beatles ever made together, ‘Images of a Woman’ was painted on tour in Japan, in 1966. It’s Ironic that this incredible, abstract composition was painted by the ‘Fab Four’ simply to pass the time. The Beatles arrived in Tokyo ready to play three concerts at Budakon, Japan’s premier martial arts arena. Because of security fears for the band’s safety and protests against their intrusion into such an iconic Japanese institution, all four were kept on lockdown inside the Tokyo Hilton between shows. To keep them entertained, manager Brian Epstein brought in a set of art supplies, laid a large paper canvas on a table and placed a lamp in the centre. He then left four of the most famous men in the world to get creative.

 

“1966 might look like a long time ago on paper, but I can still remember sitting in that Tokyo hotel room with Ringo, John and George. I’ve been back to Japan a number of times since then but that trip was one of the craziest. We painted ‘Images of a Woman’ because we had nowhere to go: locked down in our room amid a national controversy and with 35,000 police officers assigned to protect 
us. Almost fifty years later, the painting has become a piece of art and music history. We might have only painted it to pass the time, 
but ‘Images of a Woman’ is now a great memento of The Beatles’ time on the road. I look forward to seeing how the Art in a Corner bands express themselves in paint. It’s a great opportunity to record something that can live on alongside the music”
Sir Paul McCartney

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Ringo (cropped)

“Who knows when you do things where they will end up? But it’s always good when they end up for a good cause like this one.”
Ringo Starr

Tokyo 1966

Divided by the lamp, The Beatles’ canvas was effectively split into four corners, one for each member of the band to let their imaginations loose. George, John, Paul and Ringo each did something distinctly individual in their corners, but the four images nonetheless came together to form
 a striking, cohesive whole. A psychedelic, colourful, hallucinatory painting, ‘Images of a Woman’ represents a fitting visualisation of The Beatles’ sound.

(Photo by Robert Whitaker/Getty Images)

(Photo by Robert Whitaker/Getty Images)

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The paintings will be brought together for various events, exhibitions and live music from June/July 2016 – coinciding with the 50th anniversary of ‘Images of a Woman’ – before being auctioned in support of two fantastic arts and music-related charities.

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Courtesy of Cass Art, Art in a Corner has created bespoke art kits containing materials closely matching those used by The Beatles in Tokyo. Bands participating in the project will each receive their own special kit, as well a 30″ x 40″ canvas, the same size used by the Fab Four 50 years ago. The Art in a Corner bands will even receive a lamp – supplied by Heathfield & Co and Shine Lighting – enabling them to follow The Beatles’ methodology as closely as they desire.

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To learn more about ART IN A CORNER visit the project website!