Bob Dylan's art will be at Old Town Hall
the famous singer and songwriter also makes sketches while on the road
Most people know Bob Dylan for his decades of music, but he has other artistic sides as well. Dozens of his graphic art works will be on display starting in June at Prague's Old Town Hall. The show is being organized by Zdeněk Kočík, who runs the nearby Gallery of Art Prague (GOAP). The show will have 55 lithographs by Dylan, based on sketches he made during his travels.
He has published some of his sketches in book form and has also made large landscapes. His most famous painting is the cover for his 1970 album Self Portrait. He did that painting quickly. “There was no title for that album. I knew somebody who had some paints and a square canvas, and I did the cover up in about five minutes. And I said, 'Well, I'm gonna call this album Self Portrait,'” he said in a 1984 interview.
His style is a mix of impressionism and other modern influences. “I’m pretty much interested in people, histories, myth, and portraits; people of all stripes,” he said in an interview in 2011 for an exhibition of sketches he made in Asia.
A large exhibition of his landscapes took place in London last year. “The common theme of these works having something to do with the American landscape how you see it while crisscrossing the land and seeing it for what it’s worth. Staying out of the mainstream and traveling the back roads, freeborn style,” he said in the notes for that show, according to the Guardian.
Dylan, now 75, surprised everyone last year when he won the Nobel Prize for literature. In the end, he did not attend the ceremony but sent fellow musician Patty Smith instead.
As a musician, Dylan has released 38 studio albums and 11 live albums, among other recordings. He has also appeared in feature films including the western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, and documentary films. His first LP was in 1962, though his most famous works such as Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited came later in the 1960s.
He has also published his lyrics in book form, and two of his songs have been made into children's books.
Dylan has appeared in concert in Prague eight times, including three shows in 1995. His most recent appearance was in 2014.
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