Ronnie Wood merges two creative worlds

Ronnie Wood merges two creative worlds

Ronnie Wood with one of the paintings.

One of Ronnie Wood's Rolling Stones paintings.

First published in Entertainments

ROLLING Stones fans may want to take a look at a new exhibition, featuring portraits of the band by guitarist Ronnie Wood, opening in Salisbury next week.

A collection of Ronnie Wood’s original works of art and limited pieces will be shown at Gallery 21 in the Guildhall square.

The exhibition will feature instantly recognisable portraits of Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards, alongside striking portraits of the band in action.

Though best-known as the Stones’ lead guitarist, Wood received formal art training at Ealing College of Art and has continued to paint and draw for more than 35 years, with his works ranging from self-portraits, other musicians and family and close friends to landscapes and animal studies.

The limited edition works of art are a celebration of Wood’s two successful creative worlds, bringing to life the raw energy and passion of one of Britain’s best bands.

Wood constantly looks to draw inspiration from some of the ‘notorious greats’ within the industry.

He said: “Egon Schiele is my latest influence; I love him as well as Caravaggio and Leonardo. It’s a fantastic buzz I get from being influenced by great people, same as in music. Every now and again something comes up musically that I want to emulate or try to get the same energy or copy the lick. It’s the same with painters.

“In a secret sort of way, I like the people that I draw to see the way I’ve depicted them. Unlike music, it’s a solo effort. There’s no one else to blame.”

Original paintings and hand-signed Limited Edition pieces will be available for purchase through Gallery 21, as will hand-painted and signed guitars and song lyrics by Ronnie Wood.

  •  Ronnie Wood’s paintings will be exhibited from Saturday, February 22, until Friday, March 7, at Gallery 21, Salisbury.

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