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Dylan tangled up in blue and other colours in his artworks; COLLECTION MARKS ICON'S 70TH BIRTHDAY AT GALLERY.


HE may be best known as a musician, but Bob Dylan is also a renowned artist - and his latest collection to celebrate his 70th birthday is about to be launched in Wales.

The Drawn Blank Series 2011 has been taken from drawings which the Blowin' In The Wind singer created while on the road from 1989 to 1992.

The eight new limited edition graphics, all of which have been signed by Dylan, will be unveiled on July 23 at UK art store Castle Galleries, which has a gallery in Cardiff Bay.

Glyn Washington, managing director and co-founder of Washington Green Fine Art, publishers of The Drawn Blank Series, said he was delighted to bring the collection to Wales.

He believes the series marks a defining moment in the American singer-songwriter's visual art journey.

"Dylan's art is the product of an extraordinary, inventive imagination," said Washington. "The same mind, hand and eye that made the songs, has turned again in an astonishing new direction. How privileged are we, as Dylan reaches a pivotal 'three score years and ten', to be able to enjoy another creative outpouring from such a cultural icon."

The expressive works capture the artist's chance encounters and combine the everyday with the extraordinary.

The collection, which includes pieces named Sidewalk Cafe, Motel Pool and Truck, all provide "some kind of panoramic view of the world" as Dylan saw it - always restless, always on the move.

Walking in art history's path, first trodden by the Fauvists and followed through by Warhol, Dylan returns to familiar themes such as Man on a Bridge and Woman in Red Lion Pub, transforming this generation of paintings - with the use of different tones and evocative shades - to breathe a new freshness into each of his works of art.

Dylan's life and work continues to create public interest around the globe and this year alone has seen the publication of four books on his life.

Sid Griffin author of Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, the Band and the Basement Tapes said of The Drawn Blank Series: "Through Dylan's portraits of solitary figures caught in the moment, streets devoid of traffic and unoccupied yet fully furnished rooms, we get a rare chance to look through the very same lens as Dylan as he focuses on the world as he sees it. The art gives a tantalising glimpse into the mindset of a famously restless artistic soul. Seemingly as indebted to 19th century French painters in these paintings as he is to 19th century French poets in his music, The Drawn Blank Series continues to give Dylan's fans previously unexpected wonderment in a new field and proves their faith in one of the great creative minds of our time was not unfounded."

June Skinner Sawyers, author of Bob Dylan: New York added: "His paintings are as idiosyncratic as his music but also recognisably Dylanesque."

Dylan is not the only singer-songwriter who has turned to art. Sir Paul McCartney is also a keen artist.


* Rock legend Bob Dylan on stage and, left, some of his artwork which is due to be displayed in Wales
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Date:Jul 15, 2011
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