The Art Of Dylan

Billed as an exclusive exhibition of Bob Dylan’s first canvas paintings, “Bob Dylan On Canvas” opens this week in a London art gallery.

The Halcyon Gallery exhibit features paintings based on sketches Dylan made while touring from 1989 to 1992.

Photo: Bobby Talamine /
Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Ill.

And the titles somewhat reflect life on the road, with one painting named “Motel Pool” while another is called “Vista From A Balcony.” Other titles include “Sunday Afternoon, “Dad’s Restaurant” and “Staircase.”

Scheduled to run Feb. 13 through April 10, the exhibit is described as a “unique opportunity to see the first original masterpieces of a creative legend.”

The gallery released material promoting the exhibit today, including a few words from the Bard of Minnesota describing his art.

“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,” Dylan wrote. “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.”

Hmm… Mobile home communities? In other words, if you see a somewhat disheveled looking gentleman wandering your local trailer park carrying a sketch pad, all the while grumbling about light and shadow, it may not necessarily be a new neighbor.

Click here for the Halcyon Gallery Web site.