Bob Dylan is a once in a generation talent.
It was a pleasure to visit the latest exhibition at Halcyon gallery which displays Bob Dylan’s paintings. The exhibition demonstrates the connection between his art and his music. You can see American roadside, motels, neon lights, hot dog stands, cars, and buses in which he travels. Most of the buildings on the paintings wigwam-shaped, it evokes the feeling that all of the pictures are just photographs, made with special lines.
You can be skeptic about his paintings, but they definitely will touch you with their originality full of Americana, its mood, its feeling. It is like you travel with the artist all around America and discovering the spirit of American roads, and terrain, and atmosphere.
About Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is an American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest. Early songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'” became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving behind his initial base in the American folk music revival, his six-minute single “Like a Rolling Stone”, recorded in 1965, enlarged the range of popular music.
Since 1994, Dylan has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has also received numerous awards including eleven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. Dylan has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. 2016 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature, the second person besides George Bernard Shaw to have won both an Oscar and the Nobel Prize.