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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

“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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