Drawn Blank: Bob Dylan exhibition showcases the musician's bold and vibrant paintings

The folk singer created many artworks while touring between 1989 and 1992

Jess Denham@jess_denham
Wednesday 19 November 2014 18:17
Glimpses of three paintings in Bob Dylan's Drawn Blank Series collection
Glimpses of three paintings in Bob Dylan's Drawn Blank Series collection

A striking collection of artwork by legendary musician Bob Dylan has gone on display in London.

Retrospective exhibition The Drawn Blank Series 2008 – 2014 is the first time the “Like A Rolling Stone” singer’s paintings have been presented in their entirety.

Dylan created many drawings and sketches while touring America, Europe and Asia between 1989 and 1992. These were first published in 1994, before being re-worked into vibrant and expressive paintings.

The artworks were publicly exhibited for the first time at a German museum in 2007, and again at London’s Halycon Gallery in 2008. Two further, critically-acclaimed exhibitions followed in 2010 and 2013 and there are some new images for 2014.

Dylan uses bold colours and tones in his paintings and often creates different versions of the same image. This technique allows the artist to express a dynamic variety of evolving feelings and emotions.

'Two Sisters' from Bob Dylan's Drawn Blank Series

“That which [Dylan] has done for years on the stage – performing new versions of his old songs in order to give a fresh interpretation – he’s now continuing on deckle-edged paper,” said art critic Tobias Ruther.

In the last 50 years, Dylan has released 46 albums and written over 600 songs including “Blowin’ In The Wind”, “Make You Feel My Love” and “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”.

The Drawn Blank Series 2008-2014 will be on display until 29 November at Castle Fine Art in Mayfair, free of charge.

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