DescriptionRICK GRIFFIN (American, 1944-1991)
Bob Dylan "Down in the Groove"
Graphite on vellum
12.5 x 12.5 in.
In 1987 Rick was contacted by Bob Dylan's people who asked Rick to produce some preliminary studies for possible use on a Dylan record album cover. At first he was informed that the album was going to be titled Sheep in Wolves Clothing. He was then given the impression they wanted something with a mysterious Southwestern vibe. After a number of ideas were not deemed suitable, Rick decided to move forward and carry an idea through to the finish and then propose it as his final submission.
After working out the concept he produced this graphite drawing. He depicts Dylan playing his guitar and harmonica while riding backwards on a horse. The scenery is clearly Southwestern and in the sky, in a dreamlike cloud, is a reclining female figure, reminiscent of the figure in Rick's classic psychedelic painting Pacific Vibrations. Some speculate that the title could have then been planned as Down in the Grove to which Rick's drawing could relate!
This Dylan album project (as typical of the then music industry) went through a number of musical changes and delays and after a period of time it was decided that they were going to go in a different direction and not have art work on the cover at all. Ultimately the album was titled Down in the Groove and featured a photograph of Dylan on the cover.
Acquired from the Rick Griffin Estate.
From the Collection of Peter Golding.
Unless otherwise noted, this lot is in good condition with only normal wear commensurate with age. Matted and framed to an overall size of 20.5 x 20.5 in. Not examined outside of frame.
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