Ann NEWMARCH, For John Lennon and my two sons. Enlarge 1 /1


Australia born 1945

  • USA, UK 1980
  • China 1986

For John Lennon and my two sons. 1981 Description: a sigular work, presented as a diptych of two screenprints.

Collection Title: For John Lennon and my two sons
Page: parts 1-2
Place made: Prospect, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper screenprint, printed in colour inks, from multiple stencils Support: shiny wove paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: 6/40
Edition: edition of 40

Primary Insc: Signed and dated lower right corner in black pencil, 'Nuewmarch 81'. Inscribed lower left below printed image in black pencil, '6/40'.
Dimensions: printed image 85.8 h x 59.8 w cm sheet 91.4 h x 65.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the artist 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.1205.A-B
  • Gift to the Australian National Gallery, from the artist, Adelaide, June 1988.

Ann Newmarch reacted to the fatal shooting of John Lennon in New York in 1980 in her screenprint diptych, For John Lennon and my two sons. The gun dominates as the icon of a violent society which teaches young boys about guns through toys. More photo-collages – of a pistol on a key-ring, an arm with a toothbrush gun, press reports, comics and advertisements – are scattered on the blood-red ground. Julie Robinson comments: ‘Most unsettling is the image of her young son holding the gun-shaped ‘Baby Care Wild West Toothbrush’ to his mouth, a toothbrush which Newmarch had repeatedly protested to store managers about.’1 The artist inscribed a text below:  ‘homicide, genocide become household word... news becomes entertainment and toys teach a disrespect for humankind’.

Christine Dixon

1Juile Robinson, Ann Newmarch: The personal is political, Adelaide: Art Gallery of South Australia, 1997, p.14.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002