Tangled up in blue (and other colors) Paintings by music icon Bob Dylan go on display at Bergamot Station
By Joe Piasecki
Just about everyone’s heard Bob Dylan’s music, but did you know he also draws and paints?
Works from Dylan’s Drawn Blank Series — a group of paintings created from sketches he drew on tour more than two decades ago — are up for display Friday through Jan. 3 at the Andrew Weiss Gallery in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station, following an invitation-only fundraiser reception on Thursday benefiting the nonprofit P.S. Arts.
Dylan, 73, started sketching on tour from 1989 to 1992, chronicling life on the road. A 1994 book titled “Drawn Blank” contained 92 of those drawings, which he was later encouraged to recreate on canvas. The paintings debuted seven years ago in Germany, followed by showings in London and New York.
“I was aware of the exhibition in London and impressed by the body of work, not realizing that Dylan was twice blessed with talent,” said gallery operator Andrew Weiss, who was already working with a firm representing Dylan’s art. “When I decided to open my new gallery, I felt there could not be a better show to start with.”
It may be surprising to see such vibrant, colorful scenes come from the creator of “Hurricane,” Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin,’” but gallery materials tie the style of Dylan’s canvases to his writing and music: “Just as Dylan’s songs are constantly reinvigorated and rediscovered through his live performances, these artworks revisit images and scenes which were captured in all their immediacy by the artist. … The drawings trace his everyday observations, his thought process and his vision.”
For Weiss, seeing another side of Dylan has been a thrill.
“It is exciting! On so many levels,” he said.
Andrew Weiss Gallery is at 2525 Michigan Ave., Bergamot Station D4, Santa Monica, and open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (310) 246-9333 or visit andrewweiss.com.