Sunday 7 August 2016

Painting by the Beatles Inspires 'Art in a Corner' Charity Event

ART IN A CORNER is endorsed by Paul McCartney and supported by Ringo Starr.
Photo by Robert Whitaker, courtesy of Getty Images

Inspired by the only known painting ever made by The Beatles.

Tokyo, 1966: The Beatles create Images of a Woman, the only painting they ever made.

50 years later, some of the biggest names in music - including Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello and The Bootleg Beatles - have followed in The Beatles footsteps to create their own versions of this unique piece of music history.

Project poster by artist Paul Skellett
The project is organised in support of Children & the Arts and Youth Music, two charities working with over 100,000 children and young people each year.

Exclusive, limited edition prints and posters are available to order now via with much more to come over the coming weeks.

About the project

The paintings will be shown in a series of exhibitions across the UK - held throughout September and October, 2016 - before being sold in support of these two charities:

Exhibited artwork will also include archive photos of The Beatles’ 1966 tour of Japan by renowned British photographer Robert Whitaker.

About the Beatles' Painting Images of a Woman (1966)
The only known painting The Beatles ever made, Images of a Woman’ was painted on tour in Japan, in 1966. It’s amazing to think 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.

Participating Bands

  • Boy George
  • Brian Wilson and band 
  • Circa Waves
  • Elvis Costello
  • Florence & the Machine
  •  Imagine Dragons
  • Jan Haworth – the co-creator of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – and family
  • Jerry Dammers - The Specials
  • John Illsley - Dire Straits
  • Level 42
  • Marillion
  • The Bootleg Beatles
  • The Libertines
  • The Pretty Things 
  • The Right Hand Lovers  (aka Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse, Brian Pern (aka Simon Day) David Arnold & David Cummings. 
  • The Wombats
  • Wolf Alice
  • Years & Years

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