February 12, 2010  |  Uncategorized

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BOB DYLAN is the rare musician who’s late career output remains undiminished with some of his best albums of his oeuvre having been released in the last 10 years. We can’t quite extend that accolade to his fine art career, however, which makes the transition from drawings on paper (his “Drawn Blank” series) to formal paintings with the opening of his show, “BOB DYLAN ON CANVAS,” currently on display at London’s upscale tourist art gallery HALCYON. Ranging in price from $150,000–100,000 USD, the canvases depict everyday subject matter with titles like “Two Sisters,” “Staircase,” and “Motel Pool,” and illustrate the rock legend’s naive style that teeters somewhere in the netherworld between Impressionism and Expressionism. In spite of the heady pricetags, however, Dylan doesn’t seem to be taking his own work too seriously: “I just draw what’s interesting to me, and then I paint it. Rows of houses, orchard acres, lines of tree trunks, could be anything. I can take a bowl of fruit and turn it into a life and death drama. Women are power figures, so I depict them that way. I can find people to paint in mobile home communities. I could paint bourgeois people too. I’m not trying to make social comment or fulfill somebody’s vision and I can find subject matter anywhere. I guess in some way that comes out of the folk world that I came up in.” We at ST prefer to think of these paintings as sort of the visual equivalent of Jakob Dylan’s musical output. HAVE A LOOK:

Bob started his painting research early, it just took him 40 years to find his voice (editor’s note: Dylan left the Factory with an Elvis canvas strapped to the roof of his car, which he later traded for a couch–true story)…

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