In many ways, John Lennon was truly a renaissance man whose insights and perspective helped shape the sensibility of the temporary mind.

Born John Winston Lennon on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England, he died tragically on December 8, 1980. He married Yoko Ono at Gibraltar on March 20, 1969. On March 26, 1969 John and Yoko commenced their famous bed-in for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton.

While music will be remembered as his most popular art form, he loved both his literature and his visual art, studying at Liverpool Art Institute from 1957-60. He penned and illustrated three books: ‘In his Own Write’, ‘A Spaniard in The Works’ and ‘Skywriting By Word of Mouth’. As early as 1968, John began moving toward a return to visual art. He was primarily interested in drawing and favoured the creative lose sketch… working in pen and ink. In 1969, as a wedding gift for Yoko, John drew the ‘Bag One Portfolio’ a chronicle of their wedding ceremony, honeymoon and their plea for world peace, the Bed-In. The suite also contained erotic sketches. The ‘Bag One’ series was first published and exhibited in January 1970 at the London Art Gallery. On the second day, the exhibition was closed by Scotland Yard and the erotic lithographs confiscated.

During 1986, Yoko Ono Lennon decided to share John’s artistic genius with the pubic by publishing the first in a series of prints entitled ‘This Is My Story Both Horrible and True’, followed with ‘Bag One Continued…’, ‘Dakota Days’ and ‘Karuizawa Series’. These works are a commentary on John’s everyday life, his wife, Yoko an their son, Sean. The drawings are whimsical yet poetic, loving portraits of their years together. Drawn by one of the most important cultural figures of our time, these illustration celebrate human love and communication – two themes at the heart of John Lennon’s contribution to the art of the twentieth century.

The ‘Bag One Portfolio’ is part of the permanent collection of the Museum Of Modern Art, New York. The graphic collection has traveled throughout the U.S., England, Spain, Italy, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong and Manila.



The Gallery in Cork Street
28 Cork Street, London W1S 3NG
Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th May, 11am-6pm (4pm on Sat)

There will be the Complete Collection of John’s works, some originals on loan from Yoko Ono and fourteen new serigraphs of John’s original drawings, available to purchase from £500 upwards. Catalogue is available on request.

All PR enquiries, please contact: Rebecca Charles on 0131 561 0433
All enquiries to the exhibition organisers:
Compton Cassey Gallery, Nr Withington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 4DE.
Telephone: 01242 890 224
Email: j[email protected]