Title - Desolation Row (58” by 36”- private collection)
Artist - Graham Foster Bermudian painter/ sculptor born 1970
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This painting is my visual interpretation of the surreal lyrics contained in the song ‘Desolation Row’ by Bob Dylan, widely considered one of his greatest songs. The opening verse highlights a racially charged triple street lynching which took place a century ago in Duluth Minnesota. The song then introduces a plethora of motley characters pulled from history, fiction, and the bible, as they weave their way through a fevered, hard knock urban chaos, rife with accompanying tribalism, hysteria, paranoia and dehumanization. A descent into madness and the darkest excesses of the human psyche seems inevitable. I also included various things such as motorbikes, posters, pets etc., relevant to different stages of Dylan's life.
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