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.
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, which include The Beaten Path, The Drawn Blank Series and The Brazil Series. He paints mostly from life, stating: "I’m pretty much interested in people, histories, myth, and portraits; people of all stripes."
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, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom presented by former president Barack Obama.
His songs have been covered more than 6,000 times by artists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Pearl Jam, Adele and U2.
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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."
This new series of 12 carefully curated graphics features some of Dylan’s most sought-after images, revealing an honest picture of America as seen through the songwriter’s eyes.
He says: “Staying out of the mainstream and travelling the back roads, free born style. I believe that the key to the future is in the remnants of the past.”
The New Mondo Scripto collection features a selection of Bob Dylan’s most renowned lyrics, each handwritten by him in pen on paper and accompanied by an original pencil drawing - offering for the first time ever a visual representation of his lyrics.
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