Bob Dylan: musician, legend, artist

He’s celebrated across the globe for his revolutionary music, with the Independent newspaper naming him ‘the most important figure in pop-culture history’ in 2011. But it isn’t just songs like ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ that have made Bob Dylan one of the world’s most influential people; his foray into fine art continues to take centre stage.

Upon their first release in the Drawn Blank book in 1994, Dylan’s sketches wowed critics and viewers alike with their confident hand and raw honesty. Capturing his chance encounters and observations whilst on tour, the release of The Drawn Blank Series in 2008 marked his UK fine art debut. 

Likened to works by Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne, his paintings have been described by the Guardian as ‘evocative celebrations of life itself’. Dylan is lauded for his signature loose lines and instinctive brushstrokes, with later works embracing a bolder, more stylistic approach. Subsequent collections – including The Beaten Path, The Brazil Series, Train Tracks and Mondo Scripto – have created a new legion of Bob Dylan fans worldwide. 

In November 2021, Dylan's retrospective exhibition, Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum, opened at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, following on from its success at the Modern Art Museum (MAM) Shanghai, the Today Art Museum in Beijing and the Jupiter Art Museum in Shenzhen. Featuring over 180 paintings, drawings and ironworks from throughout his artistic career, the exhibition is the largest collection of Dylan's work to ever be displayed in the United States and will run until April 2022. 

The Drawn Blank Series

Reimagining sketches created whilst on tour in America, Europe and Asia, this groundbreaking 2008 release marked Dylan’s first foray into fine art and includes the iconic ‘Train Tracks’ images.

Originally published in his Drawn Blank book in 1994, the series of landscapes, hotel scenes and nudes was originally sketched by Dylan between 1989 and 1992 while he was touring America, Europe and Asia. They were transformed using watercolour paint and gouache over an eight-month period in 2007. 

The sell-out collection was followed by a second release in 2016, and a 10th-anniversary edition in 2018. In 2021, we unveiled two new editions, recreated from some of his earliest works from the series. 

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The Beaten Path

A celebration of the American landscape, this collection invites viewers to accompany Dylan on his travels as he criss-crosses the USA through backstreets, alleys and country roads.

The first collection was released in 2016 as Dylan's first major programme since The Drawn Blank Series, and both this series and its follow-up release in 2017 were incredibly successful. Popular titles still available include 'Donut Shop', 'East L.A. Side Street' and 'Kingman, Arizona'. 

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The Beaten Path: Silkscreens

After the sell-out success of The Beaten Path, Bob Dylan returned for 2017 with a stunning new silkscreen collection: six hand-signed, coloured silkscreen prints featuring some of his most iconic images.

This release marked the first time Dylan's work had ever been created via the silkscreen process (find out more about this traditional method here!). Each graphic is printed on a luxurious cotton paper with high-grade pigmented ink. 

In 2019, he released a stand-alone 'Train Tracks' silkscreen, which featured museum glazing to showcase Dylan's painterly brushstrokes. 

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Mondo Scripto

Featured in publications like Vogue and the Evening Standard, this 2018 release offered the first-ever visual representation of the artist’s lyrics. Each graphic was originally handwritten by him in pen on paper and accompanied by a pencil drawing. A second collection was released in 2020. 

The American author Tom Piazza stated: "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."

Songs include ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’, ‘All Along the Watchtower’ and ‘Lay, Lady, Lay’.

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The Brazil Series

Upon its 2015 release, this colourful collection was lauded for its unromanticised view of South America. Ramshackle favelas and genuine community spirit encourage viewers to relax and hear the music.

Brazil captured Dylan’s heart and mind during his many visits there, Outside of rehearsing and performing, he tried to gain an understanding and respect for its people and their culture.

Only one title - 'Ranchers (2015)' - is still available. 

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Train Tracks

Taken from the The Drawn Blank Series, the iconic 'Train Tracks' image boasts Dylan's signature loose lines and instinctive brushstrokes. 

The train motif is featured in several of Dylan’s song lyrics, including ‘Freight Train Blues’, where he writes: ‘Well, the only thing that makes me laugh again/ Is a southbound whistle on a southbound train’. His travels from gig to gig across America are symbolised in the expanse of railway line.

In July 2020, he released four now sold-out graphics, which you can also view on our YouTube channel here

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The Asia Series

A visual reflection on his travels in Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea, The Asia Series was a new direction for Dylan. 

The four hand-signed limited edition graphics depict beautiful scenes of people, interiors, architecture and landscapes. Dylan drew upon a variety of source material, from observational sketches to archival film and photography. 

Two artworks from the release - 'Hunan Province' and 'Opium' are still available. 

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Retrospectrum

Showcasing over 180 drawings, sculptures and paintings from collections including The Asia SeriesMondo ScriptoTrain Tracks and The Drawn Blank Series, the international Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum exhibition has now moved to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, where it will run until April 2022.

Following on from its success at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) Shanghai, the Today Art Museum in Beijing and the Jupiter Museum of Art in Shenzhen, the exhibition includes immersive and interactive displays, along with works from his brand-new Deep Focus series. 

Our beautiful hardback books commemorates the opening exhibition in Shanghai, and features some of Dylan's best-known works. 

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From the blog

Bob Dylan | Mondo Scripto | 2020

03/11/2020

The second instalment of this prestigious series features six hand-signed limited edition graphics showcasing music released between 1963 and 1966. The collection is available as individual artworks or as a set.

Bob Dylan | The Drawn Blank Series | 2021

24/11/2021

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.

Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum at the Frost Art Museum

20/11/2021

The prestigious Miami museum is exhibiting more than 180 of Dylan's paintings, drawings and sculptures, spanning 60 years of his art. Get in touch to find out more about this interactive and immersive display.

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