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Bob Dylan joins Lakeland artists

The artist Bob Dylan in his studio © David Michael Kennedy

[A]n exhibition of art by Bob Dylan featuring 14 new pieces all signed by the legendary American musician goes on display in Cumbria starting this bank holiday weekend.

The framed limited edition graphics which make up Dylan’s 2018 Drawn Blank Collection are being released across the UK from Friday (May 25), the day after the singer-songwriter, author and artist turns 77. Then comes an October tour of Asia and the US.

Friday’s unveiling at the Treeby & Bolton gallery in Keswick is the only one in Cumbria and is being closely guarded, with no advance images released on the 10th anniversary of the launch of Dylan’s original and hugely-successful Drawn Blank series.

“We are so excited to have Bob Dylan’s latest artwork on display here in Keswick from the very first day of its release,” said Libbie Barton, manager of Treeby & Bolton in Lake Road. “We sold out last time we had his work here six years ago, so we know just how popular he is and what a following he has,” she added.

The latest autographed collection is described as a “visual autobiography of his travels” and includes a rework of Train Tracks, one of Dylan’s most celebrated paintings. All signed by Dylan, they come in a limited edition of 295, of which Treeby & Bolton’s allocation is numbered 262.

Ten are for sale individually from £2,000. Sets of four or 10 are also available. “Dylan’s work is highly prized and his previous collection has increased in value considerably since they were launched,” said Libby.

For his new Drawn Blank installment, Dylan has revisited and repainted 14 of his favourite images from more than 100 spanning the last 10 years. “They are truly stunning. From poetry to paintings, Bob Dylan’s artistry has inspired millions across the globe – and this will be the very last standard giclee Drawn Blank graphics that will be available within this collection,” said a spokeswoman for Birmingham-based Washington Green Fine Art Publishing, which is handling Dylan’s work.

The pieces are available from the Treeby & Bolton gallery or its website: treebybolton.co.uk.

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