Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dylan’s new art show: #3 - nationwide exhibition of Limited Edition prints

As well as the Halcyon Gallery’s magnificent exhibition of the original artwork of the Drawn Blank Series, reviewed here yesterday, the Halcyon and over 40 smaller provincial galleries will also be exhibiting and selling Limited Edition prints derived from the Drawn Blank canvases.

Exhibitions/sales start this Saturday, 14 June.

Noteworthy provincial venues include the Smart Gallery in Batley, West Yorks and the Howarth Gallery in Burnley, Lancs – the two small industrial towns can rarely have experienced such creative celebrity.

There are 29 different images in the Limited Edition series, in signed, numbered editions of 295 each. Halcyon Gallery have priced them at £1,000 each (unframed)/£1395 (framed). They’re also selling some images as larger format prints (£1995/£2495), and a few as sets of four (£3995/5585).

Given the quality of the work, the massive press it’s receiving and the number of outlets, competition to buy the Limited Edition prints could be fierce.

Gerry Smith


This is the press release from the Smart Gallery:


Smart Gallery will present the prestigious first ever collection of limited edition graphics by cultural icon Bob Dylan on Saturday 14th June 2008. The collection entitled The Drawn Blank Series will be unveiled in the gallery for the first time. While Dylan has been a committed visual artist for more than four decades, The Drawn Blank Series will cast a vibrant new light on the singular creativity of one of the world's most important and influential cultural figures. Limited to editions of only 295 worldwide these stunning graphics are set to take the art world by storm upon release.

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 visually echo the stylistic hallmarks of Dylan's prose, poetry and music. Just as Dylan's songs are constantly reinvigorated and rediscovered through his live performances, these limited edition graphics revisit images and scenes with a wide range of variety and creativity.

Commenting on the exhibition at Smart Gallery, 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."

The Drawn Blank Series has resulted in a collection which is at once a significant independent achievement and a fascinating extrapolation of themes and images which haunt his music.

The Drawn Blank Series premieres in Smart Gallery, 40 Parliament Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2RL and Redbrick Mill, 218 Bradford Road, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 6JF on Saturday 14th June 2008. Limited edition graphics start from £1,000. Galleries are open 7 days a week. For more information telephone or email Harrogate on 01423 569656 or or Batley on 01924 455445 or or visit