The Art of Ronnie Wood
Exhibition 19 August to 29 August 2008
Liverpool’s very first exhibition of artworks by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.
Away from the stage and recording studio, the 61 year-old rock star has become an established and prolific artist.
Exhibition organiser Jonathan Poole says:
“Ronnie takes his art extremely seriously and I have the utmost respect for his abilities as an artist and a musician.”
The exhibition – at the Liverpool Academy of Arts in Seel Street – coincides with the city’s annual Beatles Week and Mathew Street Festival, when tens of thousands of music-lovers will descend on Liverpool. Jonathan Poole is certain fans of The Fab Four will want to see the work of one of The Beatles’ rock rivals:
“The ‘rivalry’ between The Beatles and the Rolling Stones back in the 1960s was always a pretty good-natured affair. What is without doubt is that both bands had a huge impact on popular culture. Ronnie was – and is – part of that huge creative explosion. It’s fascinating to see that creativity expressed in Ronnie’s visual art.”
Ronnie Wood first exhibited his work publicly in San Francisco in the 1980s and has since held exhibitions all over the world, often tied in with the Stones’ hectic tour schedules.
Born into an art-loving family, Ronnie Wood followed his brothers into art school, attending Ealing Art College. His very first job was as a sign-writer.
Working with paint, screen-printing, woodcuts and etching methods, Wood has created a wide variety of artworks, from bold, abstract pieces to intimate portraits of fellow band members and other showbiz pals.
Tour sketches and landscapes also form a large part of the artist’s portfolio. The Liverpool exhibition will feature original works and prints.