Art of John Lennon
John Lennon: The Dakota Days


The Dakota Days series of drawings by John Lennon depict the day to day life he shared with Yoko and their young son, Sean living in New York in the late 1970's. The drawings reflect a very happy time in John's life - a time of optimism  and contentment.

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Selected as the cover artwork for "Skywriting by Word of Mouth". Published in 1986, this book is the third edition of John Lennon's writings and illustrations.

Published by Bag One Arts in  1995
28 x 36cm
Serigraph on stonehenge paper
Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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#9 DREAM

In a silent landscape, John rests his head on Yoko’s lap. As the sun sets, John drifts off into what he referred to as a #9 dream, being the highest of dream-states possible. Fascinated by numerology, the number 9 was quite important in his life. He and son Sean were born on October 9th. The Dakota was on 72nd St. (7 plus 2 making nine), and he was declared dead at 11:07 p.m. on December 8th in New York, but in his native time zone in Liverpool, it was five hours ahead – where it was morning – the morning of the 9th

Published by Bag One Arts in 1997
50 x 60cm
Stone lithography w Metallic ink on stonehenge paper.
Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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FAMILY TREE

John and Yoko are sitting underneath a "family tree" contemplating their future, dreaming, peaceful and content. Above them lies the golden apple of temptation, the test of life we all must face.

Year of publication 1991
51 x 61cm
Serigraph on stonehenge paper
Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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JAZZ, MAN

Birds in the trees, a man walking his dog, pigeons on the street...the sights and sounds of Manhattan are captured in this tableau of John and Sean strolling through the streets of New York. Perhas it is a fan who steps up to speak to John, or the "ghost" of his inner self who interrupts his idyllic walk to confront him, guitar in hand, with "I've been getting into jazz, man." ...
John replies, "I've been trying to avoid it all my life!"

Serigraph on Stonehenge paper
100 x 90cm.
Numbered ediion size of 300
Signed in Pencil by Yoko Ono

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SAMURAI

With respect and humour, John brings the feudal'
professional warrier into the twentieth century by
unencumbering him with the human frailties of modern times....The headband denoting his allegiance to his Samurai family reads "Japanese Person".

Published by Bag One Arts in 1988
28 x 40cm
Woodblock/Collography/serigraphy on stonehenge paper
Worldwide edition size 300 numbered prints
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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AISUMASEN I'M SORRY

John and Yoko sit back to back, touching, gaining strength from each other. Tears fall from Yoko's eyes. Johns look registers sadness and intrspection. This drawing bears their souls to one another and to us. They sit exposed to the world, their emotions visible in their faces. Two people who are able to love and wise enough to know when to say "I'm sorry". The sun shines and the clouds roll away the mists of pain.

Published by Bag One Arts Inc in 1991
50 x 60cm
Serigraph on Stonehenge paper
Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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REMEMBER LOVE

From the time John Lennon attended Liverpool Art Institute, he became known for creating these wonderful man/woman caricatures. He was concerned about the environment and the condition in which mankind left the earth for our children long before it became apopular cause. We see lush forests, with peoplel greeting each other with flowers. Hu...
mans extending life and goodwill to one another, crossing the road to offer love and peace to each other.

Published by Bag One Arts in 1991
50 x 60cm
Serigraph on stonehenge paper
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono
Numbered edition of 300

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KANGAROO

The pouch represents the "establishment" - the people are jumping out of the pouch, running away from the strict regulation imposed upon them by society. They're running in different directions, all voicing their own opinions.

Published by Bag One Arts in 1988
50 x 53cm
Serigraph on stonehenge paper
Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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FEELING GOOD

In the drawing "Feeling Good" drawn by John Lennon in 1978, John is ecstatic, exhibiting again his whimsical sense of humour. He sees himself levitating, lifted out of himself - happy and just "feeling good".

Published by Bag One Arts Inc in 1988
50 x 60cm
Serigraph on stonehenge paper
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono
Numbered edition of 300

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POWER TO THE PEOPLE

In 1972, the LP "Sometime in New York City" was released. On it, John Lennon and Yoko Ono take a stand on the then current political scene. A postcard was enclosed in the album of a collage by John of The Statue of Liberty with an upraised clenched fist.

Publlished by Bag One Arts in 1997
55 x 75cm
Serigraphy/embossing on Arches paper
Serigraph on arches aquarelle paper
Numbered edition 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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ONE DAY AT A TIME

Drawn by John Lennon in 1979, One Day at a Time depicts of a jogger running though Central Park, who turns to wave at John and Yoko. Ono of the Lennon's favourite pastimes was to walk though Central Park; they spent m...
any happy hours there. This was one of the reasons Yoko dedicated Strawberry Fields to the many people who greeted them there with such devotion.

Published by Bag One Arts Inc in 1990
55 x 75cm
Serigraph on antique folio paper
Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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DADA MAMA

Sean and Yoko provided inspiration for John's art. The pride of the father as his child learns to speak, the term of endearment he coins for his son...a touching portrait of a family.

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

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SUITORS

John's belief was that every man hides behind a mask when he speaks to a woman. He may court here with flowers and sweet words, but even when he loves her, he manages to never really tell her the truth. John warns that flowers and fine words can only get a man so far.
 
Published by Bag One Arts in 1992
50 x 52
Serigraph on stonehenge paper
Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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PEACE ON EARTH

John Lennon has drawn himself larger than life, his head fixed in the clouds. In such a state of euphoria he can rise above everyday distractions and distance himself from earthly cares. With his feet still firmly planted on the ground he has achieved nirvana, a sense of peace floats around him like a mantle. The world is how it should be...pure and free of hatred
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Published by Bag One Arts Inc in 1992
50 x 60cm
Serigraph on stonehenge paper
 Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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BEAUTIFUL BOY

"Beautiful Boy" is a sensitive portrait of John Lennon's son Sean. This is also the title of a very poignant song written upon Sean's birth.

Published by Bag One Arts Inc in 1989.
50 x 60cm
Copper etching/serigraph on Arches paper
Numbered edition of 300
Signed in pencil by Yoko Ono

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