/ 5 August 2013

Bob Dylan to exhibit new artwork in London gallery

Bob Dylan.
Bob Dylan.

The 12 new works in the "Bob Dylan Face Value" exhibition in September represent the latest portrait studies from the Blowin' in the Wind singer, who has sketched and drawn since childhood, but only began exhibiting six years ago. 

"Bob Dylan is one of the most influential cultural figures of our time," said National Portrait Gallery Director Sandy Naime.

"I am delighted that we can now share these 12 sketches which were made for display at the National Portrait Gallery."

The portraits represent characters, with an amalgamation of features Dylan has collected from life, memory and his imagination and fashioned into people, some real and some fictitious.

Dylan (72) has exhibited previous art collections of sketches, gouaches and watercolours in the past in other cities around the world.

The singer's ballads became anthems of the civil rights and anti-war movement in the United States, while the musical innovation and cynical lyrics of Like a Rolling Stone established him as a counter-culture symbol. – Reuters