Beatles fan "honoured" after Sir Paul McCartney picks his painting for fan art feature
Beatles star showcases a different piece of fan art on social media every Friday
17 DEC 2016
Artist Kevin Hill, from Toxteth, whose painting of Sir Paul McCartney was picked for the music legend's Fan Art Friday feature on social media
A painting of Sir Paul McCartney by a Liverpool Beatles fan was given the thumbs up by the music legend himself.
Sir Paul, pictured below, shared the colourful piece by talented Kevin Allen on his social media pages as part of his regular “Friday fan art” feature.
The image – which uses bold shades of purple, yellow, blue and pink to make up the music legend’s face – has so far been liked a staggering 36,000 times on Instagram and 14,000 times on Facebook.
Fans have heaped praise on Kevin’s work, with one calling it “a fantastic psychedelic painting” and another hailing his “fantastic imagination”.
Kevin’s sister Maria Dillon, 56, from Aigburth, submitted the photo on Twitter as a surprise – and said she was delighted Sir Paul had picked it out of the thousands submitted every week.
She told the ECHO: “Kevin has always drawn and he does all kinds of different drawings. I was looking at his pictures on my phone and I thought it was really amazing.
“I said to my daughter, ‘Send that to Paul McCartney’ but she said ‘Mum he won’t even see it’.
“I went ‘Well he might’, so she tweeted it and tagged my brother in.”
Kevin, 50, from Toxteth, said he was delighted by the recognition – and now plans to organise an exhibition of his work next year.
He said: “I didn’t know anything about it but my sister put it on her Twitter. Apparently fans send a lot of pictures to Sir Paul every day and he just picks one out every week.
“I was overwhelmed by it. I’m a big fan of Paul McCartney and it feels like an honour, especially as I’m a Scouser.”
A painting of Sir Paul McCartney by toxteth artist Kevin Hill was picked for the Beatles star's "Fan art Friday" feature on his social media pages
Kevin, who is currently unemployed, said he had always been creative and it had encouraged him to work on more art.
He said: “I did art at school, then I picked it up again about ten years ago. I think I’ve got the talent, but I have these bursts of doing a lot then leaving it for a few months.
“I’ve done lots of different pop art over the years and I did this one last year.
“I’d love to do it full time but I need to pay my rent. But next year I’m hoping to organise a little exhibition of my work, maybe in April.”
Maria added: “Over 50,000 people have liked the picture and people from all over the world have shared it as well.
“We were made up to see that Paul McCartney had shared it out of all the ones that people send him and it’s really given Kevin a boost.”
Kevin can be found on Twitter at @kevbrihill2272