At an early age, John Lennon was an inventive boy who sung himself to sleep every night. He also loved to paint and draw cartoon characters. Who would’ve imagined that the kid from Liverpool, England would change the world with his art, whether it was music or drawings?
While the sales program may be suspended for the time being, Fort Lauderdale real estate owners will never forget when Come Together, the Artworks of John Lennon invaded Downtown Fort Lauderdale a few years ago.
An exhibition showcased the man’s legendary life chronicled through his artwork. The entrance fee was only a $2 suggested donation to benefit Artistic Outreach, an organization that provides artistic opportunities for people who financially wouldn’t have the chance to express themselves through art otherwise.
Folks of all generations from homes for sale in Fort Lauderdale were able to see one of John’s artistic messages of peace, hope and love firsthand, as the exhibit featured over one-hundred pieces encompassing the years 1968 through 1980, including hand signed sketches, limited edition lithographs, copper etchings and aqua tints.
While the medium was never identified as pen, ink, chalk, or crayon, Come Together entailed John’s simple and playful line sketches. There were dozens of different creatures playing together, along with a few sentences of humorous descriptions that gave the exhibit personality.
Much of the work displayed reflected John’s doodling with a lighter tone, as seen in 1999’s Real Love: The Drawings for Sean. Unlike his half-brother Julian Lennon, Sean spent years growing up with his indulgent father in their Dakota apartment in New York City after the superstar retired from show business. The ex-Beatle stopped making music professionally in order to focus on raising his second son, a move he always regretted not carrying out when his first boy, Julian, was born to his initial wife. John and his son spent time playing together by etching animals and creating captions from Sean’s immediate reactions. Years later, Yoko put together the touching work and wrote an introduction to the 48-page collection that is currently for sale in stores and online. Additional merchandise consumers could pick up entailed the exhibit’s poster, John T-shirts, a photographic portrait, and another book of his art.
Viewers got to feast their eyes on, and even take home reprints of the man’s self-portrait one dozen times on one canvas, An Elephant Forgetting, A Walrus Wading, Family Tree, and the new release “War Is Over,” along with dozens of other Sesame Street-like cartoons. A handful of his hand-printed lyrics were for sale as well, including “Revolution,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and “Instant Karma.” All in all, John’s timeless artwork is expected to make millions for charity over the next few years, along with a little help from some friends.
Men and women who still want to purchase John’s artwork to put up in their Fort Lauderdale luxury homes can simply subscribe to the John Lennon mailing list. They will then be notified when pieces of work go on sale later in 2017.
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