Bob Dylan's Artwork Coming to Belfast

The first ever collection of art from cultural icon Bob Dylan is coming to Belfast.

The 'Drawn Blank Series' will be on display in the Bradbury Gallery in Belfast on Saturday 9 August.

Based on drawings and sketches made by Dylan while on the road from 1989 to 1992, the watercolour and gouache paintings in The Drawn Blank Series were created by Dylan during 2007 and echo the stylistic hallmarks of Dylan’s prose, poetry and music.

Samantha Jackson, marketing director of Washington Green Fine Art Publishing, said: “This is an incredible and unique opportunity to view and acquire a limited edition graphic from the critically acclaimed body of work by Bob Dylan.

"For those people lucky enough to buy one of his graphics they will not only own a magnificent piece of art, but also a little piece of history.

"The art not only gives us an insight into the soul and imagination of Dylan the artist, but also Dylan the man. We are incredibly proud to launch this unique collection of limited edition graphics in the UK.”

Bob Dylan is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers, having sold more than 110 million albums and performed literally thousands of shows around the world in a career spanning five decades.

Over the last forty-six years he has released forty-four albums and written over five hundred songs including Blowin’ in the Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin, Like a Rolling Stone, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door and Make You Feel My Love. His songs have been covered more than three thousand times by artists ranging from Duke Ellington to the Rolling Stones, from Bob Marley to Rod Stewart.

His most recent album, Modern Times – lauded by critics around the world and selling more than 2.5 million copies to date -- entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at number one, as well as debuting within the Top Five in 21 other countries.

In 2001, he received a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for best song from a motion picture for Things Have Changed from the movie Wonder Boys. Dylan’s Chronicles – Volume I, his memoirs released in October, 2004, was a world-wide best seller, spending 19 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List. In April 2008 he was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power”.

Limited to editions of only 295 worldwide the graphics took the art world by storm when released in the UK where they sold out within days.

The Bradbury Gallery in Belfast managed to secure a limited number for sale in Northern Ireland for the first time.

All the limited edition graphics (published by Washington Green Fine Art Publishing) have been signed by Bob Dylan.

The Drawn Blank Series premieres in Bradbury Gallery at 3 Lyndon Court, Queen Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland on 9 August 2008. Limited edition graphics start from £1,000. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday 9.00am-5.30pm (late night Thursday until 9.00pm).