Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ringo Starr

From my review of "Ringo Starr — Artist” at Chabot Fine Art Gallery in Providence:
Ringo Starr was the best artist in the Beatles. And, I believe, the best artist to appear on “Shining Time Station” too. (Sorry, George Carlin.) It feels really weird to say, but it's the undisputable conclusion I drew from seeing "Ringo Starr — Artist" at Chabot Fine Art Gallery. The exhibit presents prints by the former Beatles drummer as well as Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and . . . Al Hirschfeld, the celebrated caricaturist apparently filling in as the fifth Beatle.

Starr's prints here are best described as goofball digital doodles. Most of them are fish-lipped faces, like the red one with green lips and blue googly eyes printed on a drum head. They're drawn with heavy black outlines and filled in with bright artificial computer colors. "I started in the late '90s with my computer art," Starr has said. "While I was touring it gave me something to do in all those crazy hotels you have to stay in on the road." They look it.
Read the rest here.

"Ringo Starr — Artist,” Chabot Fine Art Gallery, 379 Atwells Avenue, Providence, May 13 to June 27, 2009.

Pictured from top to bottom: Ringo Starr, “I Feel Blue,” “Hold Me, Love Me,” “Hat Man,” “Chef Alamode” and “Whot 50.”


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