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580.00

2020
Watercolor on 300g 100% cotton Hahnemühle paper
Unique work framed in natural pine wood
50 x 35 cm
55 x 40 cm framed

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Description

My first encounter with Bob Dylan was as a child. I was at Mass and “Blowing In The Wind” had been adapted to become “To Know That You Will Come”. I first heard the Dylan version when visiting my cousin. I recognized the tune and disliked it because of the association with the church. I didn’t like his work straight away but with each encounter, I grew to appreciate his greatness.

Over time, I became connected with the world weary despair and loneliness. When combined with his Donald Duck-like voice his tales reflect his life experiences that the listener may interpret as they please.

I borrowed the image of Juan de Juanes that’s exhibited in the Prado, a work capable of converting me to Christianity singlehandedly. In my painting, Bob appears to preside over the last supper in his role as messiah. Many consider his chalice (kept in the Valencia Cathedral ) here as the true holy grail. I like to believe that it is so as you can see, Dylan drinks from cup and He also offers it generously to disciples.

Bob, I forgive you for writing songs that remind me of attending Mass.

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ROBERTO MAJÁN (Soria, España, 1967)

Roberto Maján is a self-taught artist. He moved to Madrid when he was eighteen and soon began working as an illustrator for various specialised periodicals and publishers, including ExpansiónActualidad EconómicaVogueEl SolEl PaísHealth and Beauty, Anaya, Santillana and Edelvives.

In 2006 he founded Artichoque, a publishing house that released several books illustrated by his own pen, such as Kamasutra (Daniel Gil Editorial Design Award finalist in 2006) and Petronia y la reina bigotuda (shortlisted for the 2007 Visual Prize for Best Children’s Book). That year he received the Fundación Progreso y Cultura Prize for his illustrated book El Diablo y yo, which also won an honourable mention at the Lazarillo Awards.

In his personal artistic production, he parades his consummate skill with brushes and watercolours, depicting mostly human figures with a subtle and adept use of colour and creating textures and glazes to produce an oeuvre of stunning beauty and delicacy. His favourite themes expose and explore human passions, particularly love, sex and food.