Bob Dylan

Although internationally known as a singer and songwriter, Bob Dylan is also an author, film director, actor, disc jockey and visual artist. One of the most influential and, at times, controversial figures in the music of the past five decades, he has sold over 110 million records around the world and since 1988 has played around 100 shows a year in the ‘Never-Ending Tour’. He paints mostly from life: ‘I’m pretty much interested in people, histories, myth, and portraits; people of all stripes’.

Quoted from an interview with John Elderfield published in the catalogue to The Asia Series, 2011

Selected Works

Two Sisters

Bob Dylan

Oil on canvas

Untitled II

Bob Dylan

Welded Iron Objects (many of them vintage)

Side Tracks - 17 October 1964 - Detroit, Michigan

Bob Dylan

Hand Embellished Unique Giclee


Bob Dylan
American, b. 1941

Bob Dylan is one of the world's most influential and ground-breaking artists. He has sold more than 125 million records around the world and amassed a singular body of work that includes some of the greatest and most popular songs the world has ever known. His first success came in the early 1960s as a live performer in the coffee houses and folk clubs of New York’s Greenwich Village. He continues to traverse the globe each year, performing more than 100 concerts annually in front of crowds who embrace his new material with the same fervour as his classic output. In recent years, his work as an author and visual artist has further burnished his popularity and acclaim: a worldwide best-selling memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list in 2004, and since 2007 major exhibitions of his paintings have been shown at some of the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, on 24 May 1941, Dylan spent most of his childhood in the iron-mining town of Hibbing. He taught himself piano and guitar and played in several bands, both in his hometown and in Duluth. In 1961, heavily influenced by Woody Guthrie and other American folk artists, Dylan moved to New York and began to play in the burgeoning folk music scene of Greenwich Village. He was signed to Columbia Records by renowned Artists and Repertoire executive John Hammond in 1961, and his self-titled debut album was released in 1962.

Many of Dylan’s early songs were made famous by other artists such as Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary, whose versions of his classic compositions ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ and ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’ helped bring the young artist to a larger audience. From his earliest performances in Greenwich Village coffee shops, folk festivals and rallies in the early 1960s to his stadium rock concerts of the 1970s and subsequent annual international tours, Dylan established an enduring reputation as one of the world’s great live performers. He has released over 50 albums and written more than 600 songs, including ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, ‘All Along The Watchtower’, ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’, ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ and ‘Make You Feel My Love’. 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.

Dylan’s contributions to worldwide culture have been recognised and honoured with many awards. He received an honorary doctorate of music from Princeton University, New Jersey, in 1970 and another from the University of St Andrew’s, Scotland, in 2004. President Clinton presented him with a Kennedy Center Honor at the White House in 1997, recognising the excellence of his contribution to American culture. President Obama subsequently granted him America’s 2009 National Medal of Arts and, in 2012, the highest civilian honour in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2013, he received France’s prestigious appointment of Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.

Dylan’s song ‘Things Have Changed’ from the film Wonder Boys (2000) garnered a 2001 Academy Award. In 2007 he received Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts and in 2008 a Special Citation Pulitzer Prize ‘for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power’. In addition to winning 11 Grammy Awards, Dylan has achieved six entries in the Grammy Hall of Fame, which honours recordings of ‘qualitative or historical significance’ at least 25 years old. His 37th studio album, Fallen Angels, was released to critical acclaim in May 2016, entering the charts in the top 10 in 12 countries.

Exhibition Highlights


2016  Bob Dylan: The New Orleans Series, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana, USA
2016  Face Value, Kent State University Museum, Kent, Ohio, USA
2016  Face Value, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
2015  Face Value, Butler Museum, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
2014  Bob Dylan, CAMERIMAGE, Tumult Gallery, Toruń, Poland
2014  Face Value, Museum of National History, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013  Revisionist Art, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2013  Mood Swings, Halcyon Gallery, London
2013  Bob Dylan: Face Value, The National Portrait Gallery, London
2013  The New Orleans Series, Palazzo Reale, Milan
2011  The Asia Series, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2010  The Brazil Series, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
2010  The Drawn Blank Series, Accademia Albertina delle Belle Arti, Turin, Italy
2010  The Drawn Blank Series, Asahi Exhibition Centre, Roppongi, Tokyo
2010   Bob Dylan on Canvas, Halcyon Gallery, London
2009  The Drawn Blank Series, Halcyon Gallery, London
2009  The Drawn Blank Series, Edinburgh City Centre
2008  The Drawn Blank Series, Halcyon Gallery, London
2007  The Drawn Blank Series, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany

2013  American Honorary member, American Academy of Arts and Letters
2012  US Presidential Medal of Freedom
2009  US National Medal of Arts
2008  Special Citation Pulitzer Prize
2007  Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts
2004  Honorary Doctorate, University of St Andrew’s, Scotland
1997  Kennedy Center Honor
1970  Honorary Doctorate, University of Princeton, New Jersey, USA


Bob Dylan

12 Jan 2014 - 1 Apr 2014

2nd Floor, Harrods, London

Bob Dylan, Mood Swings

16 Nov 2013 - 25 Jan 2014

144-146 New Bond Street, London

The Drawn Blank Series 2010

22 May 2010 - 16 Jun 2010

29 New Bond Street, London

Bob Dylan Graphics

13 Feb 2010 - 10 Apr 2010

Bob Dylan on Canvas

13 Feb 2010 - 19 Apr 2010

The Drawn Blank Series

14 Jun 2008 - 27 Jul 2008


Bob Dylan Sidetracks Catalogue

November 2013

Bob Dylan Revisionist Art Catalogue

November 2013

Bob Dylan Mood Swings Catalogue

November 2013

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