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Bob Dylan's first canvas artworks

Published 10/02/2010 | 14:04

Bob Dylan's paintings are going on show in a new exhibition
Bob Dylan's paintings are going on show in a new exhibition
Bob Dylan's paintings are going on show in a new exhibition
Bob Dylan's paintings are going on show in a new exhibition

Bob Dylan showed that the times are changing as his first paintings on canvas were unveiled in an exhibition.

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But the folk hero's fans better not be suffering the money blues if they want to snap up the new artworks, with prices ranging from £95,000 to £450,000.

The most expensive of the original works are Dylan's Train Tracks paintings, depicting a railway line disappearing into distant purple mountains beneath a huge blue sky.

The exhibition, at the Halcyon Gallery in Mayfair, London, is billed as "an exclusive show of his very first works on canvas".

It marks the grand finale for Dylan's Drawn Blank Series and the artist's progression from drawings to working with acrylics on canvas.

Using bold, vibrant colours and dynamic black brush strokes, the paintings, signed in a bottom corner, have been 20 years in the pipeline.

The singer-songwriter has said of his paintings: "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 fulfil 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."

:: Bob Dylan On Canvas is on public display at the Halcyon Gallery in London from Saturday to April 10.

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