In the 1970s Ocean had been co-opted by his art tutor Ian Dury as a bass player with the band Kilburn and the High Roads; already in the rock music world, he then travelled as artist in residence on a Wings tour of America in 1976 and so knew his sitter well when he came to paint him for the National Portrait Gallery.
He was commissioned by the Trustees of the National portrait gallery as part of the first prize, John Player Portrait Award 1982.
Paul McCartney 1983
© Humphrey Ocean
On loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London