Paint on the Tracks: Dylan's art on show in London

Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:52am EST
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By Angus MacSwan

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Bob Dylan once sang about how fine life would be when he had painted his masterpiece.

Now art collectors and fans have the chance to see 12 original canvas paintings by Dylan and to buy them -- at an exhibition opening this weekend in London.

The paintings are based on drawings made while the singer/songwriter was on the road touring between 1989 and 1992. They depict a variety of scenes, some of which could have come straight out of one his songs.

"He travels a tremendous amount, he's an observer of humanity, and these are his observations. Each of these paintings tells a story," Paul Green, president of the Halcyon Gallery which is hosting the exhibition, told Reuters.

Dylan's art has been exhibited before but these works -- the final part of what is called "The Drawn Blank Series" -- have not been seen before and offer the first opportunity to buy an original Dylan work.

Previous works were sold as limited edition prints.

They might be beyond the budget of the average Bob aficionado though. The least expensive is "Dad's Restaurant" -- a scene with a pickup truck parked outside a diner -- at 95,000 pounds ($148,600).

The top-priced are two pictures called "Train Tracks" at 450,000 pounds. There's no blood on the tracks though. Green explained that Dylan's inspiration was a passing train that woke him up one night in a hotel room.   Continued...

<p>Employees stand near Bob Dylan's acrylic on canvas painting entitled "Train Tracks 2" during the Bob Dylan On Canvas exhibit at the Halcyon Gallery in London, February 10, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett</p>