Bob Dylan's artwork to be displayed in London gallery for first time


The works of Bob Dylan -- the canvas artist -- are going on display in London, The Guardian reports.

The display, called "Bob Dylan: Face Value," will be featured at the National Portrait Gallery from Aug. 24 through Jan. 5.

The NPG says Dylan, 72, has sketched and drawn since childhood and painted since the late 1960s. However, he only started exhibiting his drawings and paintings in the last six years.

The 12 new pastel sketches in his "Face Value" exhibit have never been displayed before, NPG says.

The show resulted from of a two-year discussion between the gallery, Dylan and his manager, and grew out of the musician's love of the venue, said the director of the NPG, Sandy Nairne.

"There is an indirect but delightful relationship with Dylan, who is one of our great, even extraordinary storytellers," Nairne told The Guardian. "To have his stories in visual form, to allow the viewer to make their own stories from his work, is intriguing."

The gallery also called Dylan's work represents characters, "with an amalgamation of features Dylan has collected from life, memory and his imagination and fashioned into people, some real and some fictitious."

The London Telegraph says "Face Value" marks the first time a Dylan exhibit has been featured in a British museum. The publication also noted that it's unusual for the NPG to be showing the works, because the portraits are not of characters from British public life.

Dylan, meanwhile, has wrapped his "AmericanaramA Festival of Music" -- which stopped in Duluth and St. Paul in July -- and will embark on a European tour starting in October.

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