Inside the Sketchbook: John Lennon’s “Sweetened Doodles”

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Greenwich Village in 1972.
Ben Ross/© Yoko Ono
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Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

John Lennon wasn’t just an accomplished lyricist and songwriter, he was also an extremely talented visual artist who studied at the Liverpool College of Art. By the time he was murdered in 1980, Lennon had filled countless sketchbooks and doodled on every available scrap of paper in the home he shared with Yoko Ono.

“You are Here,” 1969
© Yoko Ono
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In 2004, in honour of what would have been Lennon’s sixty-fourth birthday, Yoko Ono presented an exhibition in New York City of his personal artwork. Appropriately titled “When I’m Sixty-Four,” the exhibit showcased his drawings, caricatures and sketches as slightly “remastered” versions (Ono had “sweetened” the art by adding washes of colour to the line drawings).

The art featured in the “When I’m Sixty-Four” exhibit offers a visual look into an artistic mind with which we have all grown familiar.

“Bed-In For Peace,” 1969
© Yoko Ono
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Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

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