Bob Dylan

Born: Minnesota, USA
Lives and works: California, USA
Education: University of Minnesota
Awards: Nobel Prize in Literature (2016), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2012)
Exhibitions: Retrospectrum, Jupiter Museum of Art, Shenzhen (December 2020), Retrospectrum, Today Art Museum, Beijing (April 2020), Retrospectrum, Modern Art Museum, Shanghai (November 2019), Mondo Scripto, Halcyon Gallery, London (October 2018)
“His brushstrokes are like his voice: straightforward, rough, occasionally fragile. He's not after artistic perfection but something larger, a moment, a feeling. The effect is enthralling.”

As one of the most influential artists of all time, Bob Dylan has sold more than 125 million records. He is now just as revered for his fine art, which offers a unique insight into the Nobel Prize laureate’s world. Collections include The Beaten PathThe Drawn Blank Series, Mondo ScriptoThe Asia Series and The Brazil Series.

Inspiration

Dylan dates the origins of his work as a visual artist to the early 1960s. A few drawings reached the public gaze with album covers like Music from Big Pink (1968) and Self Portrait (1970). In 1974, Dylan spent two seminal months studying art with Ashcan School tutor Norman Raeben, who philosophised the importance of 'perceptual honesty' - painting life as it as seen, not imagined. Dylan says of this time: "He put my mind and my hand and my eye together, in a way that allowed me to do consciously what I unconsciously felt."

The artist’s journeys between cities and towns are personified by his Expressionist lines, which capture the instant moment of a place, person and time. Repeated motifs encourage the viewer to explore the depths of colour and the evolution of his work. His art has been likened to that of Pablo Picasso, with critics applauding the relatability of his collections. He paints mostly from life, stating: "I’m pretty much interested in people, histories, myth, and portraits; people of all stripes."

In November 2021, the Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum exhibition opened at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, following a successful tour in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen. Spanning six decades, it is the largest exhibition of Dylan's work to ever be displayed in the United States and will run until April 2022. Featuring over 180 paintings, drawings and ironworks from throughout his artistic career, it also includes Dylan's brand-new Deep Focus series, which transforms scenes from films into cinematic paintings. 

Dylan’s contributions to worldwide culture have been recognised and honoured with many awards. These include an Academy Award for his song 'Things Have Changed', which featured in the 2000 film Wonder Boys, along with 12 Grammy Awards and a Special Citation Pulitzer Prize for his 'profound impact on popular music and American culture'. Further accolades include a Kennedy Center Honor presented by former president Bill Clinton, the Presidential Medal of Freedom presented by former president Barack Obama, and the Nobel Prize in Literature. 

During the last six decades he has released more than 50 albums and written in excess of 500 songs, some of the most famous being ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ and ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, which were visually reimagined for the first time in his Mondo Scripto collection. His songs have been covered more than 6,000 times by artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Adele and U2. 

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2018Mondo Scripto opened at Halcyon Gallery in London. The exhibition presented a selection of Bob Dylan’s most iconic songs, handwritten in pen on paper and accompanied with a corresponding drawing in graphite, also on paper. As Tom Piazza, a celebrated novelist and writer on American music, writes in the introduction to the exhibition catalogue, 'Dylan’s restlessly creative mind is never wholly satisfied, and those familiar with these songs will find surprise at many a new turn of phrase. The unexpected couplings of these works and images offer a surprisingly intimate door into each song, adding dimension, delight and insight into the artist’s relation to his own work.'

2019: A landmark retrospective exhibition, Retrospectrum, featuring Dylan’s artistic output to date opened at MAM Shanghai, before beginning a tour that will cover Asia, Europe and the USA. The exhibition, which later opened at Today’s Art Museum in Beijing and the Jupiter Museum of Art in Shenzhen, re-examined The Drawn Blank SeriesThe New Orleans SeriesMood SwingsThe Beaten Path, and works from Mondo Scripto.

2020: In June, Dylan released his 39th studio album, Rough and Rowdy Ways. An international sensation, the album hit the Top Ten in 15 countries, including #1 chart entries in the Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Guardian called the album a 'testament to his eternal greatness', while the LA Times dubbed it a 'savage pulp noir masterpiece'.  

2021Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum opened at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, showcasing the most comprehensive exhibition of Bob Dylan's artwork ever seen in America. Running until April 2022, the much-anticipated exhibition illustrates the development and diversity of Dylan's visual art through immersive and interactive displays. Featuring over 180 paintings, drawings and ironworks from throughout his artistic career, it also includes Dylan's brand-new Deep Focus series, which transforms scenes from films into cinematic paintings. 

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From the blog

Bob Dylan | The Drawn Blank Series | 2021

Available in an edition of just 95, these previously unpublished editions of 'Backyard' and 'Truck' are hand-signed by Bob Dylan and are two of the first-ever works from his fine art programme.

Chef Patron Mark Birchall partners with Castle Fine Art at the prestigious Moor Hall restaurant

When the team at Michelin-starred Moor Hall wanted to curate a display of art within their restaurant, they called upon the team at Castle Fine Art, who were more than happy to oblige!

Magazines and brochures

Bob Dylan | The Asia Series | 2021

It is an honour to present our latest release of fine art from Bob Dylan.

The Asia Series, a visual reflection of Dylan’s travels to Japan, China, Vietnam, and Korea, beautifully captures people, interiors, architecture and landscapes.

 

Bob Dylan | Mondo Scripto | 2020

We are thrilled to present the second release of graphics from  Bob Dylan's Mondo Scripto  collection. Creating a multi-sensory narrative that illustrates Bob Dylan’s storytelling at its very best, the latest series includes lyrics and drawings from classic songs like ‘Girl From The North Country’, ‘Just Like A Woman’ and ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues'. 

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