Did Bob Dylan ever play at the Austin Hole in the Wall club? No. But did he paint it? Yes.
Halcyon Gallery, a London establishment specializing in impressionist and pop art works, features a wide range of paintings that Dylan has done mostly in the last couple of years. Among the 2020 works is one called “Hole in the Wall” which shows the 48-year-old Guadalupe Street establishment in a nighttime scene lit by streetlights and its marquee sign.
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The painting can be viewed on Halcyon’s website, with inquiries being accepted for anyone interested in purchasing it. (No price is shown.)
There’s an intriguing twist to Dylan’s rendering of the location. Since 2005, the south wall of the building has featured a mural of Dylan painted by renowned local artist Federico Archuleta, who has also painted several other murals around Austin. But Dylan decided not to include himself in the painting, instead replacing his own visual of Elvis Presley there.
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The Dylan mural was originally added to promote a “Bob Dylan Hoot Night” at Hole in the Wall in March 2005, according to former Hole in the Wall employee Paul Minor. Pulling from the famous “cue card” video Dylan made for his mid-1960s song “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” it showed Dylan holding and dropping cards showing the date and performers of the Hoot party.
After Hoot Night, Archuleta changed the messages on the cue cards several times before finally settling on one of the signature lines from the song “Subterranean”: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.”