Deep Focus Deep Focus
/
A natural progression from Bob Dylan's earlier and ongoing series 'The Beaten Path', 'Deep Focus' confronts figures rather than landscapes using source material from films to present arresting images that evoke documentary candour and the camera's potential to manipulate reality.
DEEP FOCUS Bob Dylan’s new collection of paintings, Deep Focus (2020–21), draws on the documentary candour of photography and film,...

DEEP FOCUS

Bob Dylan’s new collection of paintings, Deep Focus (2020–21), draws on the documentary candour of photography and film, as well as their ability to manipulate reality through cropping and framing. The title of the series refers to a cinematic technique that communicates narrative through the foreground, middle, and background, rather than focussing on one visual plane over another.

 

Dylan’s cinematic references result in evocative, often mysterious, compositions suspended between life and theater, while conjuring a distinctly tangible pictorial experience. Although these new works more prominently depict figures and portraits, much of the iconography that featured in Dylan’s earlier series 'The Beaten Path' is still recognisable — diners, roadsides, city streets, and motels.

'All these images come from films. They try to highlight the different predicaments that people find themselves in. Whether it’s James Cagney or Margaret Rutherford, the dreams and schemes are the same — life as it’s coming at you in all its forms and shapes.'
Bob Dylan

Featured Works

Contact us to enquire about works by Bob Dylan

    Atmospheric image Atmospheric image
    Atmospheric image Atmospheric image
    Atmospheric image Atmospheric image
    Atmospheric image Atmospheric image