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Bob Dylan at Bluewater

PUBLISHED: 12:16 20 July 2011

ENTS Bob Dylan by Danny Clinch.jpg

ENTS Bob Dylan by Danny Clinch.jpg

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As one of the world’s most important and influential cultural icons of a generation, Bob Dylan’s global influence permeates our modern culture.

In the words of the poet Maya Angelou: “Bob Dylan supported the human being, the spirit of being an American – of knowing that the mountains and the rivulets and the voting booths belong to all of us, all the time.”

Now his impact on the world of visual art will be affirmed as Castle Galleries Bluewater prepares to unveil The Drawn Blank Series 2011 to mark the year of Dylan’s 70th birthday, which was on May 24.

The worldwide launch will see The Drawn Blank Series 2011 simultaneously unveiled at 9am on Saturday, July 23, in Castle Galleries across the UK, including Castle Galleries Bluewater, while collectors will be able to get a tantalising first glimpse of the 2011 series online on Friday at www.castlegalleries.com.

The eight new limited edition graphics, all of which are signed by Bob Dylan, feature previously unpublished imagery and newly revealed treatments from Dylan’s paintbrush which look set to cement his place in the lofty halls of art history.

Glyn Washington, managing director and co-founder of Washington Green Fine Art, publishers of The Drawn Blank Series, believes that the series marks a defining moment in the singer/songwriter’s visual art journey.

‘Creative outpouring’

He said: “Dylan’s art is the product of an extraordinary, inventive imagination.

“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 10’, to be able to view, absorb and enjoy another creative outpouring from such a cultural icon.”

Taken from drawings Dylan created while on the road from 1989 to 1992, the expressive works capture the artist’s chance encounters and uniquely combine the everyday with the extraordinary and the intimate, personal moments in Dylan’s life.

Dylan’s brush dances loosely and “without affection” to a previously unpublished title Mexico and then across the transitory world of life on the road; from Sidewalk Cafe through Motel Pool and on to Truck, all of which provide “some kind of panoramic view of the world” as Dylan saw it … always restless, always on the move”.


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