Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by John Lennon


Limited Edition Serigraph on Paper


Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by John Lennon

Serigraph on Deckled Paper. Paper Size: 22″ x 30″. Published June 2024 commemorating the 57th Anniversary of the song’s debut on the Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Edition Size: 300 +45 (VL) HC

Signature: John Lennon Estate Plate Signed with John Lennon’s personal Hanko stamp which translates to “Like a cloud, beautiful sound.”

About the Art

The original drawing for this edition was done in 1964 and was used as the centerfold in
John’s book In His Own Write. John recounts his inspiration for the drawing: his three year old son Julian had come home from nursery school with an art project. When John asked him what it was, he replied “it’s Lucy in the sky with diamonds.” John loved the sound of the words together and led to his depiction of a girl flying which became the lyrics of the song that was released on the Sgt. Pepper album three years later.

The original song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds was released on June 1st, 1967.
This piece is the inaugural edition of the In My Life portfolio.

In My Life is a new portfolio of limited editions to be all created in the same format as the
original Bag One portfolio that John released in 1970, staying true to John’s vison about
how his art should be presented.

Since 1986 Yoko Ono has selected drawings and handwritten song manuscripts from her extensive private collection of John Lennon’s original works for publication as fine art prints.

Print techniques include lithography, serigraphy, copper etching, silkscreen and chine colle.

The edition size for each edition is only 300 numbered prints, plus artist proofs available for sale worldwide.

Each print is individually numbered and signed in pencil by Yoko Ono. 1000 numbered prints of each of the handwritten song lyrics have been published for sale worldwide.

The collection of John Lennon estate prints has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout North America, Europe, Asia , Australia and New Zealand. It  is one of the most popular and successful fine art publishing ventures in the world.

For twenty years Art of John Lennon was an authorized agent for Bag One Arts Inc, the licensing and publishing arm of the John Lennon estate.

John Lennon Biography

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John Winston Ono Lennon was born John Winston Lennon October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England, and was infamously shot and killed on December 8, 1980 in New York City. He gained worldwide fame as a singer, songwriter and musician with the Beatles. His artistic creations encompassed music, writing, drawing and film.

Lennon’s musical biography is monumental, his activism notable and his life has inspired uncountable publications. This short biography will focus on his artwork that began at a very young age even before he discovered his love and talent for music. As most fans know, Lennon’s music dominated his life, but he has said that “art was his first love” and later reported “I started to make money with music and the guitar, but art always came first.” During his school days, he gained notoriety for creating cartoonish caricatures of teachers who were not well-liked and later, to the delight of his classmates, published a satirical magazine called the Daily Howl.

It has been documented that his voluminous drawings and poems as a teenager were not appreciated by his guardian, Aunt Mimi and she threw away much of his earliest works considering them junk. Despite his poor academic achievements, Lennon was recognized for artistic talent and attended the prestigious Liverpool College of Art (1957-1960). He was later expelled for his rebellious behavior.

In the mid 1960s, Lennon’s adoring public experienced his sketches and illustration within the pages of his books: In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works. His art, to Lennon, continued to be as important as his music.

This ‘hobby’ becomes more intentional after Lennon marries (1969) and collaborates with Yoko Ono, an established avant-garde artist. His wedding gift to Ono was a suite of drawings called Bag One Portfolio which chronicled their wedding, honeymoon and widely publicized Bed-In for world peace. The Bag One Portfolio was created into limited edition lithographs and are featured in a prestigious London gallery in 1970. Drama unfolds at the highly publicized show with the police confiscating several pieces that were deemed pornographic. Today, the collection is a part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.

Lennon continued drawing as a means of self expression and reflection throughout his life. He studied the challenging sumi-e style drawings to improve his creations. His later works reflected the rekindling of his love with Ono and his devotion to his young son, Sean (born October 9, 1975), to whom he was the primary caregiver while Ono managed their business affairs.

Unexpectedly and violently on December 8, 1980, John Lennon was taken from the world where he promoted peace and harmony.

Committed to keeping his legacy and message alive, in 1986, Yoko Ono, began releasing limited editions of some of the most meaningful drawings and hand-written manuscripts. Using a variety of original fine art printing techniques, she showcased John Lennon as an important artist of his time. Each original print had Lennon’s signature embossed as well as Yoko Ono Lennon hand signed in pencil. She also included Lennon’s chop in red ink on the art.

Images courtesy of Yoko Ono © Yoko Ono 

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