Includes three world premiere releases
Gallery 360 will be exhibiting over 70 Limited edition prints and hand written lyrics by John Lennon, with the co-operation and assistance of Yoko Ono Lennon.
The exhibition will open on Friday 24 October and run every day until Sunday 2 November.
The gallery is open 8.30 -5.30 Mon-Wed and Fri, 8.30-7.30 Thurs, 9.00-4.00 Sat and 10.00-4.00 Sunday for the exhibition viewing.
Yoko Ono Lennon has released two new limited edition prints of John’s work and these will have their world premiere showing at Gallery 360 in Perth. Gallery 360 will also host the world premiere release of the hand written manucsript to the lyrics of John’s famous Peace anthem “Give Peace a Chance”.
Art was actually Lennon’s first love. He began drawing long before he had a guitar, then attended the prestigous Liverpool Art Institute for three years (1957-60) 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. The limited edition artwork in this exhibition consists of lithographs, serigraphs, and copper etchings hand-reproduced from the original drawings. Each edition is limited to 325 worldwide and comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Lennon Estate guaranteeing that no more will be released.
Serigraphs use a silkscreen to reproduce fine lines and colors. Stone lithographs are hand-pulled on a printing press using stone plates with the image transferred to the fine art paper. Each artwork was released in the medium most suited to capturing the original drawing.
Artists in the Orient sign their works with an individual, patented stamp known as a chop. John Lennon’s, which is hand-stamped in red on each edition, was designed by him to read “Like a Cloud, Beautiful Sound.” Each print is also personally signed in pencil by Yoko Ono Lennon and a certificate of authenticity os provided.
John intended to hold exhibitions of his work during his lifetime.
John originally created a portfolio of drawings in 1969 which he entitled “Bag One”. These drawings depicted John and Yoko’s wedding and honeymoon and he presented them to her as a wedding gift. In 1970 he chose 14 drawings from the “Bag One” portfolio to be produced as stone lithographics in a limited edition intended to be sold in galleries. He personally signed each lithograph and attended the premier opening in London. When the drawings were released as lithographs they were confiscated by police in several countries because the erotic contents of some of the drawings was considered to be obscene. Although the charges for obscenity never held up in court, many of the lithographs were destroyed by mishandling and John was s discouraged from showing his artwork in public for many years after.
A number of these original lithographs signed by John Lennon, will be exhibitied at Gallery 360.
Lennon’s drawings became illustrations for three best-selling books that he wrote in the 1960’s. In addition, a complete suite of the “Bag One” portfolio of lithographs is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Original drawings are also being collected by museums throughout the world.
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24 Oct 2008 – 4 Nov 2008