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Bob Dylan portraits to be shown at National Portrait Gallery

Bob Dylan

Story by Jack Foley

PORTRAITS by US singer Bob Dylan are to be shown for the first time in the UK by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Bob Dylan: Face Value will showcase a total of 12 pastel works, which mix real and fictitious characters. It will be displayed at the museum from September 2013.

Dylan, 72, has drawn and sketched since childhood but has only exhibited his art publicly for the past several years.

The exhibition is being viewed as a coup for the NPG given that none of the prints have been seen previously.

Indeed, the only previous exhibition of Dylan’s art came at The Halcyon Gallery in London in 2008 when it featured drawings and sketches from periods of the singer’s experiences on the road between 1989 and 1992.

Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, commented: “Bob Dylan is one of the most influential cultural figures of our time. He has always created a highly visual world either with his words or music, or in paints and pastels.”

Art historian John Elderfield added that the works were “products of the same extraordinary, inventive imagination”.