Paint on the tracks... Bob Dylan's art displays in London


2015-06-26 11:52:11


Paint on the tracks... Bob Dylan's art displays in London

The renowned folk singer's paintings, inspired by Matisse and train tracks, are on show until April

The first-ever paintings on canvas by legendary folk singer Bob Dylan have been exhibited in London.

The works of art were unveiled at the Halcyon Gallery in London's posh Mayfair district, two days ago (February 10).

Folk legend, and now painter, Bob DylanThe paintings are based on sketches Dylan made on tour between 1989-92

Interested collectors can expect values ranging from 95,000 to incredible estimates of 450,000 for the pieces.

The paintings are based largely on sketches Dylan made on the road between 1989 and 1992, and chosen by the artist himself.

These sketches were compiled in a book called Drawn Blank.

Characterised by vibrant colours and bold brushstrokes, the works include a series depicting train tracks and the paintings Sunflowers and Woman in Red Lion Pub.

"I just draw what's interesting to me, and then I paint it," said Dylan in a released statement.

The exhibition comprises acrylic paintings on canvases measuring 4 x 3 feet.

According to commentators, identifiable influences in Dylan's artworks include Raoul Dufy, Henri Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso.

Two Sisters

The exhibition, Dylan On Canvas, continues until April 10.

Earlier this week, Dylan performed a historic gig at the White House - his first - alongside President Barack Obama in celebration of the US civil rights movement.

Motel Pool

The revered singer's most celebrated output remains his 1960s music, released when the civil rights movement, led by Martin Luther King Jr and others, was in its prime.

Among Dylan's greatest moments from that decade his 1965 album, Bringing it All Back Home, from which a music score of track six, On the Road Again, signed by the singer is available on the market.

With five decades in music behind him, Bob Dylan remains one of the world's most sought-after signatures.

Elsewhere, in a recent interview, Dylan admitted that the number one influence on his songwriting is Robert Burns, the Bard of Scotland.

Last month, Paul Fraser Collectibles had the privilege of selling Burns' personal Bible, cherished during the last years of the poet's life and unseen in public since 1896.

Images: the Halcyon Gallery

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