Bob Dylan to exhibit his new artwork in London gallery

Bob Dylan will show off his artistic side in a new exhibit at London's National Portrait Gallery.  Credit: Reuters
Bob Dylan will show off his fine arts skills in a new exhibit at London’s National Portrait Gallery.
Credit: Reuters

New pastel portraits by Bob Dylan will go on display for the first time at London’s National Portrait Gallery next month, the gallery said Monday.

The 12 new works in the “Bob Dylan Face Value” exhibition in September represent the latest portrait studies from the “Blowin’ in the Wind” singer who has sketched and drawn since childhood, but only began exhibiting six years ago.

“Bob Dylan is one of the most influential cultural figures of our time,” National Portrait Gallery director Sandy Naime said in a statement. ”I am delighted that we can now share these 12 sketches which were made for display at the National Portrait Gallery.”

The portraits represent characters, with an amalgamation of features Dylan has collected from life, memory and his imagination and fashioned into people, some real and some fictitious.

Dylan, 72, has exhibited previous art collections of sketches, gouaches and watercolors in the past in other cities around the world.

The singer’s ballads like “Blowin’ in the Wind” became anthems of the civil rights and anti-war movement, while the musical innovation and cynical lyrics of “Like a Rolling Stone” established him as a counter-culture symbol.

 


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