Signed artworks by music legend Bob Dylan have gone on sale in a Newcastle Gallery.
Castle Fine Art on Grey Street have unveiled eight limited edition graphics - the latest collection of work from Dylan’s The Drawn Blank Series, which was first released in June 2008 and is based on drawings made by the singer while on the road from 1989 to 1992.
The drawings were transformed into original watercolour and gouache paintings said to evoke the stylistic hallmarks of Dylan’s prose, poetry and music.
While Dylan has been a committed visual artist for more than four decades, The Drawn Blank Series is said to have cast a vibrant new light on his work.
Of it, Marisha Pessl wrote in the New York Times: “In Bob Dylan’s extraordinary collection of paintings, we are given insight into the expressive, unvarnished way this artist approaches the world and reminded he is that rare person who can move effortlessly between music, word, ink and paint.
“Yet again and again, he reflects life back to us with a truth and simplicity that defy words.
“His brush strokes are like his voice, straightforward, rough, occasionally fragile, but always intent on illustrating the treads of human experience. Seemingly unworried about how something looks, he’s not after artistic perfection but something larger, a moment, a feeling. The effect is enthralling.”
Sarah Manghan, Castle Fine Art, Newcastle’s gallery manager, said: “Bob Dylan is notably one of the most influential icons of our time. The way in which he uses colour is incomparable to any other artist.
“He instantly breathes emotion and feeling into a painting, similar to how he can sing a song in a different style and change how the listener interprets it. We can’t wait to share this new collection with the area.”
There are 295 limited edition graphics of each painting. Each of the works are certificated and signed by Bob Dylan. The prints are priced from £1,750. The Drawn Blank Series 2014 is now on sale at Castle Fine Art, Newcastle. For more information contact 0191 233 2200 or visit www.castlefineart.com