Bob Dylan, Friends & Heroes I


Johnny's good friend, Bob Dylan, has greatly inspired the artist. Here we see him celebrated as a giant of contemporary culture. When asked about his piece, Johnny said: "Let’s salute the reluctant prophet Bob Dylan, and the dream of change he inspired then, now and onwards…… His impact is that of William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Marlon Brando, Woody Guthrie, William Blake, and Mozart.”

Johnny's immense admiration for the icon is felt here in this striking limited edition artwork of Bob Dylan in his prime. He’s handsome and heroic, while also bowing his head with his characteristic humility. This heartfelt sentiment is prolific throughout Johnny's Friends & Heroes I collection.

The Collection

Johnny’s debut collection Friends & Heroes I sees him focus on people he has known well, and who have inspired him as a person. Each image is an intimate reflection of their character in Johnny's eyes; a portrayal of how they have revealed themselves to him. Working from photographic references, each image has been stripped back to a simpler and iconic portrayal of the subject, which Johnny has then developed and energised with his characteristic freehand flourishes. 

In addition to being hand-signed by the artist, this limited edition artwork is embossed with Johnny's iconic Bunnyman logo. The Bunnyman's form was inspired by a sketch drawn by Johnny’s son Jack, who saw the figure in a dream when he was five years old. Remarkably, Johnny remembered seeing the same character in his own dreams and recognised The Bunnyman as a friendly warrior, who stands at the doorway between reality and imagination. Johnny later realised the iconic figure on a large canvas, and it has since come to symbolise both him and his work. The Bunnyman is now being registered as a global trademark and, along with Johnny’s initials, it represents an additional guarantee of authenticity beyond his handwritten signature.

Photographic reference- Aaron Rapport.

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