Face Value at National Portrait Gallery

  • Category: Art & Culture
  • Dates: Wednesday, 01 January 2014 to Friday, 31 January 2014

Bob Dylan is famed primarily for his internationally adored lyrical folk anthems, but a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery promises to offer a very different side to the famous singer.

Face Value, which can be seen this January at the central London venue, introduces us to 12 enigmatic subjects rendered in pastel, including Red Flanagan, Nina Felix, Skip Sharpe and Ursula Belle.

The exhibition has been praised by the critics for being raw and honest, and very much represents a break in tradition for Dylan himself, who has always sketched but up until recently never exhibited his work to the public.

"I've done sketching most of my life. In notebooks, on napkins, on rough paper or cardboard, plates and coffee pots … so it's not new for me," he told John Elderfield, chief curator emeritus of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Be sure to continue the artistic experience by staying at The Montague on the Gardens, where you'll find a fascinating variety of sculptures and paintings adorning the rooms. You can also visit the Viking exhibition at the British Museum with this special offer.