Bob Dylan signed paintings for sale in Newcastle
Jul 21 2009 by Michael Bowers, Evening Chronicle
ARTWORK by music legend Bob Dylan is going up for grabs on Tyneside.
The 2009 collection from The Drawn Blank Series features eight brand new limited edition graphics, each personally signed by Bob Dylan, taken from the drawings he created while on the road from 1989 to 1992.
His work has won acclaim across the globe. And the new collection will go on display at the Castle Galleries Newcastle in Monument Mall, Blackett Street, this Saturday.
Marisha Pessl wrote in the New York Times: “In Bob Dylan’s extraordinary collection of paintings, we are reminded that he is that rare person who can move effortlessly between music, word, ink and paint.”
Following the initial worldwide launch of The Drawn Blank Series in June 2008, the interest confirmed Dylan’s unfailing popularity.
Many galleries reported their biggest weekend of art sales ever, with several editions selling out on the first day and numerous collectors investing in Dylan’s collectable images.
The new limited edition graphics in the 2009 collection, taken from his original watercolour and gouache paintings, are said to echo the stylistic hallmarks of Dylan’s prose, poetry and music.
The American singer-songwriter, painter and poet has been a major influence on popular music for five decades.
Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was, at first, an informal chronicler and then an apparently reluctant figurehead of social unrest.
A number of his songs such as Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin’ became anthems for both the civil rights and the anti-war movements.
The exhibition is being presented by the Washington Green Fine Art Publishing.
Glyn Washington, managing director, said: “We are incredibly proud to launch these new limited edition graphics in the UK, in a year that is proving truly momentous for Dylan.”
With limited editions of only 295 worldwide, and prices starting from £1,250, the editions look set to take the general public by storm and put his prestigious collection within reach of fans of both Dylan’s music and art.
For more information telephone the gallery on (0191) 233 2200 or visit http://www.bobdylanart.com/ or http://www.castlegalleries.com/
Despite the Chronic's enthusiastic headline, it's clear from the story that these are prints, not the actual paintings. Terry, can you spare a dime?