Intimate family portraits captured at the Argyll home of former Beatle Paul McCartney during the 1960s and 1970s are to go on display in the UK for the first time. Kelvingrove art gallery in Glasgow has secured a major exhibition drawn from the extensive archives amassed by the late Linda McCartney, the American photographer and musician who married the chart-topping star in 1969.
Due to open next July, the six-month exhibition will also feature images of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton which were taken by McCartney, who passed away in 1998 after a battle with breast cancer, The exhibition, put together by Paul, and the couple’s children Stella and Mary, will include a number of images taken at the family home at High Park Farm in Campbeltown, which McCartney bought try to protect his earnings from the taxman. The McCartneys famously retreated there after the break-up of The Beatles in 1970. Born in New York in 1941, Linda McCartney began her career in photography in the 1960s and would continue working until she passed away.
Paul said: “Linda would have been so proud of this exhibition being held in Scotland, a country she loved so much and spent so many happy days in.” Stella McCartney, added: “Through these images you meet the real mother I knew. You see her raw and deep talent and passion for her art, photography.
“Ahead of her time on every level this mother of four still held her camera close like a companion, she captures the world around her through her eyes and this can be seen on the walls around the exhibition. Her humour, her love of family and nature and her moments framed with a slight surreal edge. “Scotland was one of her favourite places on earth and so many images were taken there.” David McDonald, chair of Glasgow Life, which runs Kelvingrove on behalf of the city council, said: “This fascinating exhibition explores the full spectrum of photographic work by Linda McCartney, from her early career as a woman photographer working in a sector dominated at the time by men to her documentation of her family life and the natural world.
“Curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney this retrospective provides us with a fascinating and rare insight into a brilliant artist during the different periods of her photographic practice.”