So I dropped in on Bob Dylan’s first Canvas Paintings on Show at the
Halcyon Gallery in Mayfair. A most legendary musician and who’s
Song ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and ‘The Times Are a-Changin’ tunes engrained
in the psyche of anyone growing up in the 1960 and onwards. Anthems for American farmers civil rights movements in the south and Anti war hym’s for demonstrators and the counterculture movements alike. He was never a just a ‘pop musician’ and better for it. Bob Dylan, hugely talented was not afraid to be controversial and original I see him as the poetical bard who successfully reinvented the old American folk tunes with much popular acclaim.
And that’s really how I see his paintings. They are not sensational but kind of quiet statements of the ‘folksy’. Titles of Paintings include: The Train Tracks, Sunflowers, Woman on a Bed and Two Sisters. Dylan states: I just draw what’s interesting to me and then I paint it. Rows of houses, orchards, acres, lines of tree trunks, it could be anything. I can take a bowl of fruit and turn it into a life and death drama. The malicious side of me wants to say: ‘I wish you would!’
With Celebrity Art is, it’s hard to make judgements and hard to separate the art from the name of the artist, especially when we already admire him for his music. But what they do have is collector’s value. For those of us who are not in the habit of spending between £ 95-450’000 there is a reasonable catalogue to accompany the show at £15.
Other Musician’s who paint? I remember going to an exhibition in Paris showing drawings by Miles Davies whose colourful drawings reflected his music so well. David Bowie paints and sculpts and is a prolific printmaker: http://www.bowieart.com,