Lennon’s wit was sometimes biting, sarcastic and nasty. We all know this bit of his character. As an artist this side of him was shown often. Musically, especially early-on in his solo career we saw an emotional Lennon stark naked to the world through the lens of the Plastic Ono Band album. Lennon had a knack for showing his funny, and witty side through his writing (Spainard in the Works, and Daily Howl (at an early age), and In His Own Write), illustrations, and artwork.
Yes, it all was a little sarcastic, but his artwork showed a more tender side. Maybe a lot of it had to do with age, and experience. Often, his simple line drawings and other things showed Lennon as a visual storyteller, a man in love, and as a father. Once again, Yoko is showing us all another side of John through an exhibition of his artwork. What a nice complement to the bevy of activities around Liverpool as the European Capital of Culture.
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Here’s what we’ve read.
Yoko Ono has hailed a Liverpool show of John Lennon’s art as unique.
She said that an exhibition of 15 original drawings and 140 prints by the ex-Beatle, which goes on show at the ECHO offices on Friday, as the biggest and best of its type ever seen in the UK.
Speaking from her home in New York, Yoko Ono said: “It is good that Liverpool, rather than anywhere else, has this comprehensive total exhibition.
“This is the first time all this art has been brought together.
“Liverpool’s Capital of Culture prize is about understanding things in a different way, and showing John’s work in this way is all part of that.”
The art work covers the period from 1968 up to the time of John Lennon’s death in 1980.
Much of it has a humorous twist.
“John had such an incredible sense of humour, and when you see the drawings, they are incredible,” said Yoko
“They are just so happy and it’s a nice feeling.”
Some of the prints are signed by John Lennon, but most by Yoko Ono.
She recalled how she and John had encouraged each other in drawing and painting.
“We met as artists, and that side of him sort of came out more. There was a feeling of ‘okay, well I can do it, too.’
“He was very proud of the fact that he was an artist. Most of his work would be done as a one-off thing.
“Some people may think these are just the dabblings of a pop star, but he was an incredibly talented guy.”
“Whether he took two minutes or two hours it didn’t make any difference.”
Yoko said she had enjoyed her own performance show to mark the re- opening of the Bluecoat arts centre in March, although admitted to being “so nervous.”
She added: “But it went well for me, with an incredible feeling of nostalgia as I first appeared there in the 1960s.”
She said she was looking forward to returning to Liverpool at the end of May for a Lennon film project, in company with George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, who would be screening a tribute to George.
Yoko said: “Paul (McCartney) is also doing a concert, so it is all part of that, spread over three days.”
The free John Lennon art show is in the ECHO atrium, Old Hall Street, from Friday until June 2 noon to 8pm.
Source: Liverpool Echo