Lot 42: BEATLES JOHN LENNON AN ORIGINAL OIL OF JOHN BY JAMES WILKINSON

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February 6, 2014
Chelmsford, United Kingdom

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Description: John Lennon "The Way Things are Going" Oil on Canvas by James Wilkinson. Measuring approx 40x50" this large oil painting depicting a crucified Lennon is Wilkinson's portrayal of the life of Lennon. As he looks at the viewer from the cross Lennon seems to say "I told you so" in relation to the last Beatles No1 song written by Lennon "The Ballad of John & Yoko" The way things are going..., they're gonna crucify me, with connotations to Lennon's Beatles bigger than Christ, misquote, the painting portrays Lennon's life and cohorts such as Hendrix, Brian Jones and Elvis beneath him, stretching back to Liverpool whilst behind his image lies the burning New York Skyline, the very place that he spent his later life campaigning for peace and ironically where he met his brutal and tragic end. With the ground rent in two through his own memorial, the painting throws obvious religious comparisons, with a wry Lennonish overtone. James Wilkinson (1965-) Pop Artist, Artist in Residence, Hylands House, 2009- Official Artist to the V Festival 2012-
Dimensions: 40X50"
Medium: oil on canvas
Date: 2005
Condition Report: EXCELLENT, Unframed has one small nick in the canvas approx 3mm
Exhibited: FACE IT EXHIBITION COLCHESTER UK
Provenance: PAINTPOP LETTER
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February 6, 2014, 11:00 AM GMT

Chelmsford, United Kingdom

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Viewing: WELCOME TO PAINTPOP'S AUCTION OF RARE MEMORABILIA INCLUDING ALBUM SINGLE AND PROMOTIONAL ARTWORK FOR SOME OF THE GREATEST NAMES IN MUSIC. Original Production Artwork is the rarest form of Album design. In most cases only one will exist. The very few proofs that exist derive from these and included are rare discarded proofs of album and single covers alonside Original Art by Pop Artist James Wilkinson who is the Official Artist to the V Festival and who has collaborated with some of the most Famous Musicians in the World to produce unique portraits of his subjects. Viewing by appointment please give 2 days notice.
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