Art of John Lennon
Ai Japan through John Lennons Eyes

Among the sketchbooks John Lennon left behind was an exercise notebook full of playful line drawings he sketched while learning Japanese. The wistful humour and gentle satire in these intimate drawings created a charmed vision of the way in which Lennon introduced himself to the Japanese life and language.

 

SABI
John’s fascination with Japan and its wonderful language was the inspiration for Sabi. The word Sabi does not translate into English, but the closest might be the equivalent of the word “cool”, except that Sabi is a product of old Japan. This is what John thought was cool; a guy meditating among a peaceful background reflecting all that is tranquil and divine around him.

Published by Bag One Arts in 1997
50 x 60cm
Serigraph on stonehenge paper
Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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MUSICIAN
This was originally done as a suite with the Poet. What is a poet without a musician? John’s interpretation of the musician in all his freedom and glory as he takes the words and transforms his feelings into music. He is the essence and heart of the “true expression of the beat” in this wonderful drawing.

Published in 1997
28 x 38cm
Serigraph on stonehenge paper
Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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STEEL AND GLASS

Among the sketchbooks John Lennon left behind was an exercise book full of playful line drawings he sketched while learning Japanese.  The wistful humor and gentle satire in these

intimate drawings creata charmed vision of the way in which Lennon  introduced himself to Japanese life and language. The sketchbook's wonderful wit and artistry enlarge our views of John Lennon by lettting us share his eye, ear and love of the world.


Published by Bag One Arts Inc in 2002
28 x 38cm
Serigraph on stonehenge paper
Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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JIBUN

John Lennon was a master of quick sketching - pen to paper, one continuous stroke...a minimum of lines with a maximum impact.  he has captured his own signature image..looking out at the world through rose coloured glasses.

Published by Bag One Arts in 1992
27 x 35
Serigraph on stonehenge paper
Numbered ediition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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TASTE

One cannot help but see John's parallel between the intricate art of ancient Noh theatre masks and the reaction on these faces through the sense of taste. From sweet to sour, salty to hot, to bitter, each drawing catches the look of pleasure, surprise and dislike evident within each expression.

Published by Bag One Arts in 1992
28 x 38cm
Serigraph on Stonehenge paper
Numbered edition 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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POET

Published in 1997
28 x 38cm
Serigraph on stonehenge paper
Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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