Rembrandt” When introducing him the band during shows. And when The Stones current North American tour rolls through southern California this weekend, you will likely witness many references to “Woody, the artist.” That is , if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket.
A Passion For Art and Music…
For master musician Ronnie wood, the paintbrush is just as important as the guitar. “I like the two of them going hand in hand,” Wood explains. “Both are nicely spaced.” Ronnie attended England’s Ealing Art College, and says he’s always been interested in art. “I never put a brush or pen down<” he says. “I was always sketching. In the early 1980’s I decided to make more use of the talent I was born with. I thought why waste it?”
The always-prolific Ronnie Wood has had numerous art shows throughout the world, whether The Stones are on tour, or not. Unlike numerous celebrity artists, Ronnie’s artistic ability has been displayed in galleries throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. In 1996, Wood’s works was exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in San Paulo, Brazil. He admits he’s managed to find the time to work on his art, no matter what time it is “inspiration takes me in the middle of the night, I’m finding more hours in the day now.”
Gallery 319 Presents…
For all you lucky Angelenos out there, you can have a unique chance to see Ronnie Wood’s art – and even purchase it! (Something I’ve done – it’s well worth it!) Gallery 319 in Santa Monica is proud to exclusively present in Southern California The Art Of Ronnie Wood – running from now until November 12, 2005. There are limited editions and originals on display. Last August, when Ronnie Was in Los Angeles preparing to perform with ex-Faces band-mate Rod Stewart, he had a nice private art show at Gallery 319. It was splendid – but this one is even Bigger – wit new works in fact, one of the paintings is so new, Gallery 319 is the first in the world to display it. It is destined to be a legendary word of art…
“Conversations with The Stones”
According to Melissa Menard, gallery director of 319, “We are so honored to be the first gallery on the planet to show it. In fact, it’s so new, Ronnie hasn’t even signed it yet.” What is it, I ask? “It’s called “Conversation Piece,” and it’s literally a portrait of the Rolling Stones having a conversation as they’re in the studio in Paris, France recording A Bigger Bang.” What other new works can you see on display? “Well, I love ‘Stones Series IX’ It’s an original. Ronnie, sketched all four Stones (himself included). He then bley each indidvidual one up and create a 40”x50” screen print of them – doing 9 sets total. They are all original unique works.” Melissa went on, “it was taken from Satisfaction in Blue, and all four are original works.” Hurry down to the gallery folks, there are already two interested parties.
“Work in Transition…”
I attended two preview shows, and had a chance to chat briefly with Daniel Crosby of the Limelight Agency in California, Daniel is Ronnie’s art Representative. I asked him some questions about how Ronnie’s art has evolved through the years.
“Well first of all, I have some exciting news to chare with you. Ronnie has been approached to have his first major museum show in the United States. It will be a mid-career survey. The Butler Museum in Ohio approached us. I said “Ronnie We’ve created a monster!” We hope the show will be in-between Stones concerts in early 2006. Things are really changing for Ronnie. Not too long ago, the art was getting overshadowed by the music. But that’s not true now, people want to buy his work whether The rolling Stones are on tour, or not. It’s very consistent. Besides calling him ‘Rembrandt,’ Mick Jagger even thanked the city of Boston during the opening of the tour in August for buying so much of Ronnie’s art. It’s taken him 20 years, but there’s quite a bit of respect for his art. It’s being received now just as well as his music.” It has also made transitions just since the last two Los Angles area art shows.
Besides Gallery 319 – a well known gallery with shows year round during the Stones tour, Ronnie has during the Stones tour, Ronnie Has other West Coast art shows on his calendar.
Wood and Stewart went on to fame when they both joined The Small Faces in 1969. When guitarist Mick Taylor left the Rolling Stones in 1974, Wood replaced him, and the rest is history. It was a dream Ronnie had throughout his young career.
Besides contributing to the many Stones albums, Wood has recorded his own solo albums including I’ve got My Own Album To Do, Gimme Some Nick, Slide on This, and Not For Beginners. The concert DVD Far East Man is pure Ronnie. Besides music, Ronnie is a world-renowned artist, and has enjoyed major success in numerous one-man exhibitions