A watercolour painting by the American singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan is expected to fetch at least £30,000 when it goes under the hammer at an auction house in Louth, Lincolnshire, England next month. The watercolour is titled “South Dakota Landscape” and was painted in 2008 as part of Bob Dylan’s Drawn Blank Series.
Auctioneer Alastair McPhie-Meiklejon said: “This is one of the first times a painting such as this has come under the hammer in an auction. Art is a great investment – what you are doing here is buying a painting not only by an artist and musician, but by an icon. We are expecting a lot of interest in the picture, not only on the day, but also online with international bidders. It is a well-painted image and the Dylan exhibitions have always attracted critical acclaim. We are very privileged to have a piece like this come to our auction house. It is more than just a picture, it is an appreciating asset. There is already a sizeable growing interest in the painting.”
The auction will be taking place at the Old Woolmart in Kidgate, Louth on October 11th, and the painting is likely to come up for sale sometime in the afternoon. If you are unable to get there in person on the day, the auction house will be taking phone bids.
Bob Dylan’s reputation as a watercolour artist has been growing over the years. The first public exhibition of his work, ‘The Drawn Blank Series’ opened in October 2007 in Chemnitz, Germany and showcased more than 200 watercolours. From September 2010 until April 2011, the Statens Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark exhibited 40 large-scale acrylic paintings by Dylan, entitled ‘The Brazil Series’.
In July 2011, a leading contemporary art gallery, Gagosian Gallery in Manhattan announced their representation of Dylan’s paintings and the exhibit, titled ‘The Asia Series’ opened at the Gagosian last week. This is the first exhibition of Dylan’s paintings in New York City, and features works the rock icon created while in Japan, China, Vietnam and South Korea, presumably while he toured those nations earlier this year. According to the Gagosian Gallery, many of Dylan’s works in ‘The Asia Series’ are “firsthand depictions of people, street scenes, architecture and landscape,” while others are “cryptic paintings often of personalities and situations.”