In honour of John Lennon’s 75th birthday, Beautiful Crime artist and master of screen-printing, Russell Marshall produced a limited edition screen print endorsed by Yoko Ono Lennon and photographer, Bob Gruen.
Beautiful Crime | West Contemporary
Oct 9th – 17th 2015
The print will be released on what would have been Lennon's 75th birthday on 9th October, both online at the Beautiful Crime gallery, which we are turning in to Suite 1742 of the famous Montreal Hotel for a week-long bed-in. Beautiful Crime invite Beatle fans and Lennon lovers alike to celebrate the life of the iconic musician by taking their own selfies in the bed, with a framed Lennon '74 as the backdrop.
The print: Through his art, Russell Marshall celebrates one of music and culture's most highly regarded icons. Via the delicate art of Silkscreen printing, particularly at such a large size, Marshall brings the famous image of Lennon to the art world, in a fantastic colourway of blue on pearl. As much a research process as it is an artistic printing process, Marshall sought and agreed permission to use the image from both the legendary photographer who took the image in 1969, Bob Gruen and Yoko Ono Lennon via the John Lennon Foundation.
Screen-printing is a highly advanced art technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer coloured ink onto a substrate. The technique requires absolute intricacy and an eye for detail, practiced by the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Bob Ryan.