Press Release: Bob Dylan A Collection of New Original Paintings

22 Jul 2019

Bob Dylan: A Collection of New Original Paintings4th July - 26th August

On 4th July Halcyon Gallery opened its doors to a new collection of original paintings by Bob Dylan for a special Summer Exhibition running until late August.

Following the last major exhibition of his work Mondo Scripto, at Halcyon Gallery in 2018, and the release of Martin Scorsese’s critically-acclaimed documentary of Dylan’s 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story in June of this year, this new body of work sees Dylan return to his ongoing series of American highways and byways that he first explored in The Beaten Path in 2016.

These recent works show Dylan’s progression as a painter and a new maturity; the artist boldly depicts vast skies and changing light with confident, broad brushstrokes in a sheer celebration of colour. Dylan renders the changing face of America with ease; from the neon illuminations of a late-night ice cream joint in Nowhere and Anywhere, to an obscured Night Train, whose glowing headlights approach from the distance. New Orleans Street musicians; an abandoned jetty winding out to a deserted lake; the monolithic sweep of a bridge dissecting the sky overheard; all continue to create a panoramic vision of America.

Alongside this new collection of paintings, Halcyon Gallery will exhibit a collection of previous works from The Drawn Blank Series, first shown in 2008, which saw reworked sketches that Dylan originally produced while on tour in the late eighties. The Drawn Blank paintings capture fleeting moments of a life on tour; portraits, landscapes and unknown places are all seen through Dylan’s eyes. Also on display will be previously unseen ironwork sculptures including new pieces specifically created to integrate with the gallery space. Dylan began experimenting with these sculptural works in the late 1980s, though they were first shown in the gallery in 2012.

Bob Dylan is one of the great American artists and a worldwide cultural icon who has been inspiring audiences for six decades. Having forever changed the relationship between music and language, Dylan became the first musician to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016, recognised ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition’.

In the autumn of this year, Retrospectrum, the most comprehensive survey of Dylan’s art to date, will invite visitors to experience his artwork in an immersive and interactive environment. The exhibition will be installed at Modern Art Museum (MAM), Shanghai, an institution focused on diversity, equality, exchange and education in October 2019. Its vast industrial architecture offers a versatile and dynamic space to connect the shared cultures of the East and West. Located along the ‘cultural corridor’ of museums and galleries that runs along the riverside in the Pudong New Area, MAM utilises innovative methods to facilitate public participation and engagement with art.

Notes to Editors

Bob Dylan: A Collection of New Original Paintings

At Halcyon Gallery, 44-146 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2RL. Nearest Tube: Bond Street FREE Entry Visitor Information: 020 7100 71400

Exhibition opening times: 4th July - 26th August Monday to Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm.

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