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John Lennon: The Collected Artwork

John Lennon: The Collected Artwork book cover

Insight Editions recently published John Lennon: The Collected Artwork, a hardcover book of 200 images of John Lennon’s artwork, many of which had not previously been seen publicly. Scott Gutterman, who wrote the text for the book, told Examiner.com:

“I don’t have an exact number,” he told Beatles Examiner, “but I know that many of the drawings have never been made public previously. Several were only recently found by Yoko Ono in looking through family materials. These include a batch of childhood drawings. The renderings of Saxons and Normans and of soccer players, done by John around the age of 12, came as a complete, very joyful surprise.”

Yoko Ono wrote the foreword for the book.

Drawing by John Lennon
Drawing by John Lennon

According to the publisher:

Lennon’s artwork predated his success with the Beatles and remained a passion throughout his years as a music legend. During his lifetime, he produced numerous series of sketches and lithographs, which were published starting in the early 1960s. Often surreal and composed through a method of free association, his drawings from this period were widely considered some of the finest interpretive artworks of the era.

Take a look inside the book in the video below:

Scott Gutterman also authored Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork.

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