The Beaten Path collection by Bob Dylan is certainly a celebration fit for American Independence Day. Originally exhibited in 2016 at the Halcyon Gallery and as a follow-up to The Drawn Blank Series, this body of work by the multi-talented artist depicts many facets of the American heartlands off the beaten track.
Illustrating his vision of America whilst on tour, these landscapes were made to be pure and honest and to bring naturalism to the forefront - " the attempt was made to represent reality and images as they are without idealising them" - not to be misinterpreted or misunderstood by the audience. Staying out of the mainstream and travelling the back roads of various US states, Dylan captures some of the most authentic American landscapes. It is a celebration of his own well-travelled path through a country which continues to enthral, charm and captivate.
"I chose images because of the meanings they have for me and patterns can be seen in the repeating images - roads, shacks, piers, automobiles, streets, bayous, railroad tracks, bridges, motels, truck stops, power lines, farmyards, theatre marquees, churches, signs and symbols etc. - all establishing a certain type of compositional value. I would say the purpose is plain, non-experimental or exploratory." - Bob Dylan on The Beaten Path.
With the focus on the raw image itself instead of an emotion or concept behind them, Dylan's down-to-earth series of artworks allow the viewer to appreciate the artistry of the paintings and the authenticity of the lesser seen backstreets, alleys and country roads of America.
A selection of the all-American collection The Beaten Path can be viewed and purchased from Westover Gallery, with every limited edition graphic hand-signed by Bob Dylan himself.