Drawn Blank Series sketches on show
Bob Dylan’s creative mind doesn’t just apply to music. A collection of the American singer-songwriter’s artwork is now being shown for the first time in the Ross Art Group Gallery, New York
The exhibition consists of four dozen re-imagined sketches made between 1989 and 1992, which are based on a series of drawings he called Drawn Blank Series. Mickey Ross, owner of the Ross Art Group explained the foundations of the exhibition.
“The series started with Bob Dylan’s sketches while he was travelling on the road,” he said. “Most of these sketches were done over 15 years ago. They were put together in a book at one point as black and white sketches. And it was a book that was published by Random House called Drawn Blank Series.
In some of the works, Dylan has painted over prints, altering their look entirely and giving them an original feel. The sketches being shown range in value from €1,800 ($2,500) for a limited edition print, to €288,000 ($400,000) for an original acrylic painting. What started as a small project was taken up a notch around eight years ago.
“In 2007 Bob Dylan was approached by a museum in Germany with the concept of taking those very same sketches and now enlarging them, because the sketches were rather small… And adding colour to them,” added Ross.