We are thrilled to be hosting “Give Peace a Chance – The Art of John Lennon,” a newly curated exhibition of art from one of the most important cultural figures of our time.
“Give Peace a Chance: The Art of John Lennon” showcases the captivating history of Lennon’s visionary art, from his early childhood to his untimely death in 1980.
Its message of peace and unity persevere, resonating with audiences across generations; in an increasingly connected and tumultuous world, the lyrics of this Exhibit’s namesake inspire individuals to work towards a harmonious coexistence, making it as relevant today as it was when it was first recorded.
Lennon’s artwork predated his success with the Beatles and remained a passion throughout his years as a music legend. While music will be remembered as his most popular art form, he loved both his literature and his art, studying at Liverpool Art Institute from I957 – I960. 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.
© Yoko Ono
In I969, as a wedding gift for Yoko Ono, 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. This array, now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, was wildly popular and frequently censored due to its overt eroticism. His peace-themed sketches were elevated through their use in antiwar movements, beginning in the 1970s and continuing to the present day. Capturing his emotional, political, and imaginative energy, this lavishly produced collection serves as a timeless record of John Lennon’s creative spirit.
© Yoko Ono
These graphic works, by one of the most important cultural figures of our time, celebrate human love and communication – two themes at the heart of John Lennon’s artistic contribution to the twentieth century.
RSVP to the opening receptions, please contact the gallery at 904.345.9320 or email email@example.com.
Admission is complimentary and open to the public. All artwork is on Exhibition & available for purchase.