John Lennon

“My role in society or any artist’s or poet’s role is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” -John Lennon

"Art was actually Lennon’s first love. He began drawing long before he had a guitar. He attended the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute for 3 years (1957-1960) before the Beatles became a full-time occupation. He continued to draw throughout his life. John’s primary medium was line drawing either in pen, pencil, or Japanese sumi ink. His drawings became illustrations for 3 best selling books: In His Own Write (1964), A Spaniard in the Works (1965) and Skywriting By Word of Mouth (1987). In addition, a complete suite of the “Bag One” portfolio of lithographs was donated to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where..."

"Although best known as a musician, art was also a huge part of John’s life and he attended the Liverpool School of Art from 1957-1960, before becoming part of one of the most famous bands of all time "

"Bag One was a suite of lithographs by John Lennon that were given to Yoko Ono as a wedding gift in 1969. A series of 14 original lithographs, each was pulled on BFK Rives paper at The Bank Street Atelier, Ltd., in New York. The edition was limited to 300 examples, with each print individually signed by John Lennon and numbered 1 to 300. This exhibition caused quite a controversy as to whether these lithographs were art or pornography, and eventually the art was confiscated by Scotland Yard while on exhibit in London. John was later exonerated by the British courts, but many of the prints were mishandled and never returned to the Lennons. These lithographs are on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and sort after by the most discriminating of art collectors."
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Floris Erbuer


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