Barbara McQueen is taking her exhibition of rare and private photographs of her late husband across the pond to England where she will appear for the first time since his 1980 death.
The Movie Poster Art Gallery will host the three-week exhibition, which kicks off with a June 13 VIP reception with Barbara McQueen. Following the reception, the exhibition of approximately 40 limited edition photographs will be on display and for sale June 16 through July 7. The photos can also be purchased online by visiting www.mpag.co.uk/stevemcqueen.htm
Barbara, who had carved a very successful career for herself as a fashion model, met Steve McQueen in July 1977. It was a time when she was stepping back from the modeling industry while the superstar was beginning to turn his back on the trappings of Hollywood.
The two spent the next three-and-a-half years together, marrying in 1980, the year of Steve McQueen’s death. During that time she captured wonderful and unique images of the very private McQueen allowed to no one else.
Barbara soon discovered that the screen legend she had idolized from afar was a determined individualist who loved vintage planes, motorcycles and cars and admired the men who flew and drove them above all others.
“I knew the man, not the movie star,” says Barbara McQueen.
Her photographs record a behind-the-scenes life of personal pleasures and enthusiasms – hitting the road in Steve’s many pickup trucks, visiting collectors’ shows and swap meets, driving 700 miles for a rare World War I motorcycle, flying a vintage mail plane, and generally ducking out on the movie industry.
But when work did call, Barbara was also on hand to capture marvelous candid shots on the sets of McQueen’s last two films – Tom Horn and The Hunter.
The show offers a privileged insight into a previously unseen side of one of the 20th century’s most charismatic and admired stars, and a rare treat for collectors and fans.
The Movie Poster Art Gallery is located at 1 Colville Place, London, W1T 2 BG. Exhibition opening times are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 020 7637 7441 or visit www.mpag.co.uk/stevemcqueen.htm