"If art were to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life, and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness."
The other day something inclined me to pick up a FREE copy of the LA weekly...
I always trust my instincts & I'm soooooo glad I listened...
I began browsing thru the newspaper when I stumbled upon this ad for an exhibit featuring
THE ART OF JOHN LENNON
My soul jumped out of my skin in pure delight...
I MUST EXPERIENCE THIS!
It's not every day I have the opportunity to be able to go see the works of my favorite artist of all time...
John Lennon inspires me in every way in everything that he was & will always be...
The epitome of a TRUE artist!
Here's a little art history about John Lennon:
For those of you that didn't know, John Lennon's first love was ART! John Lennon attended the Liverpool Art Institute for three years (1957-1960), before the Beatles became a full-time job for him. John Lennon never gave up his art & his drawings are beautiful depictions of special & important moments during his life! Lennon's primary medium was line drawing using pencil, pen or sumi ink. His drawings became illustrations for three best-selling books that he wrote in the 1960's and a complete suite of the "Bag One" portfolio of lithographs is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. John had saved and preserved hundres of drawings that he considered important. In 1986, Yoko Ono, acting for the John Lennon Estate, began releasing Limited Editions of some of his drawings, using only fine art printing techniques, with the goal of re-establishing John Lennon as an important artist of his time!
The Pacific Edge Gallery has been working directly with the Lennon Estate since 1988, and they had some SPECTACULAR pieces on display for us to appreciate!
I was not allowed to take photographs inside the gallery, which I totally understand, but I did make a few notes about some of my personal favorite pieces...
MY NEW FAVORITE John Lennon piece, which I saw today for the first time, is titled
"IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE"
It's a SERIGRAPH (Serigraph use a silkscreen to reproduce the colors & fine line details)
John drew himself sitting on top of the world dreaming of his hope that "The world will live as one"...
Funny thing is, years ago, without EVER seeing that piece, I illustrated a piece depicting John Lennon with a stethascope listening to the worlds' heartbeat, while George Bush held a glass of champagne in one hand, dropping bombs with the other...perhaps John was channeling thru me when I drew that...Cosmic connection!
I also LOVED ALL of the Serigraphs of John's handwritten Lyric sheets...
John'S Sumi Ink pieces had a beautiful flow about them...
And I especially LOVED the Serigraphs from his
Portfolio Drawings done with & for Sean
John's drawings gave me a sense that he TRULY found a happy place in his life!
I'm soooooo glad I had the pleasure of experiencing a piece of it!
I'M BEYOND INSPIRED!
THANK YOU YOKO ONO for sharing John's passion & LOVE!
Now if only I could hit the lotto so I could someday own some John Lennon Art!
To find out more about the Pacific Edge Gallery go to http://www.lennonart.com