Timeline

1940
Born in Liverpool, England
1957–1960
Attended the Liverpool Art Institute
1980
Died in New York, NY
Musician, songwriter, poet, artist, philosopher. John Lennon created art forms that were vehicles for his message “human love and communication!”
Art was Lennon's first love: he began drawing long before the Beatles became a full-time occupation. He continued to draw throughout his life. Lennon’s primary medium was line drawing either in pen, pencil, or Japanese sumi ink. His drawings became illustrations for three best-selling books that he wrote in the 60's. In addition, a complete suite of the “Bag One” portfolio of lithographs is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His original drawings are also being collected by museums throughout the world.
At the time of his death, John had saved and preserved several hundred drawings that he considered important. His drawings are whimsical yet poetic and are a commentary on his everyday life, his wife Yoko and their son.