Bob Dylan (born 1941, Minnesota, USA) is considered one of the most influential and groundbreaking artists in the world. More than 125 million records of his music have been sold around the world. In 2016 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Dylan himself dates the origins of his work as a draughtsman and painter in his biography to the early 1960s. His brushstrokes are like his voice: straightforward, rough, sometimes fragile, but always intent on illustrating the steps of human experience.
In 1994 a book with 92 of his drawings, titled 'Drawn Blank' was published, which was reprinted in 2007. As a result, his paintings were shown in the "Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz" and in the Halcyon Gallery, London. The original 'Drawn Blank' sketches are from the years 1989 to 1992. Dylan explains that he painted them to relax his mind as he traveled through America.
A highlight was Dylan's first New York exhibition in autumn 2011 at the Gagosian Gallery, where his 'Asia Series' was exhibited. These works reflect his time in China, Japan, Vietnam and Korea.
In February 2013, the Palazzo Reale in Milan showed Dylan's New Orleans Series. In 2016, Dylan's major exhibition 'The Beaten Path' opened at the Halcyon Gallery. A Guardian art critic praised these works as the work of a true poet.
The exhibition 'Mondo Scripto' opened in October 2018 at the Halcyon Gallery, London. A selection of Bob Dylan's most famous songs was presented, hand-written with a pen on paper and a corresponding graphite drawing.