George Harrison's love of drawing and art will be celebrated in an upcoming art exhibition in Liverpool by a group of artists paying tribute to what would have been his 70th birthday, an organizer of the event says.
Denise Theophilus says The Exhibit For George, which begins Feb. 26, will illustrate his life, music and philosophy.
“George Harrison loved to draw. As a boy, he drew endless guitars in his school books,” she says. “The Beatles whiled away hours in hotel rooms painting together, notably during their time in Japan in 1965 and again when they were in Rishikesh. He painted his own sleeve for 'Electronic Sounds' and to the end of his life loved to write notes in colored pens and even special drawings for close friends.
“He used to look forward to the art lessons he was given by 'Legs' Larry Smith at home in Friar Park and he was a patron of the arts. As late as 2001, George commissioned a painting 'Let It Be,' telling that the title was of a tune by a friend and not one of his own.”
The exhibit will take place Feb. 26 through March 8 at The Liverpool Academy of Arts, 32 Seel St. in Liverpool.
Also on display, Theophilus says, will be the "HandMade" card (named for George's HandMade Films) which have been sent in by fans especially from all over the world. “These cards will be sent on to Friar Park after the Exhibit For George,” she says.
She said the birthday celebration on Feb. 25 will include Hare Krishnas chanting and feeding those in attendance and Francesca Davies strumming her banjolele and singing songs by the two Georges -- Harrison and Formby (who was a Harrison favorite).
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