Pastel portraits by Bob Dylan to go on display at London's National Portrait Gallery

  • Updated: August 5, 2013 - 11:04 AM

LONDON — Portraits by Bob Dylan are going on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The 72-year-old singer-songwriter has been exhibiting his artworks for the past six years, but these 12 new pastel sketches have not been shown before.

The display is a departure for the gallery, which showcases portraits of prominent Britons. The gallery says Dylan's images are "an amalgamation of features the musician has collected from life, memory and his imagination and fashioned into people, some real and some fictitious."

Art historian John Elderfield, who helped bring the works to London, said Monday the paintings were "products of the same extraordinary, inventive imagination" that wrote Dylan's songs.

"Bob Dylan: Face Value" runs Aug. 24 to Jan. 5.

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