Rock legend Ronnie Wood prides himself on being an artist as much as a guitarist in the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.
And now the former Ealing Art College student has released a signed limited edition set of prints of himself and fellow Rolling Stones Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts to celebrate turning 70 this year.
All four pieces in the collection, called Legends, are on display at the Treeby & Bolton gallery in Keswick, accompanied by a signed limited edition book featuring 400 pieces of Ronnie’s art work down the decades.
“From the moment I get up in the morning, I see everything as a painting,” says Ronnie in his new specially bound book Ronnie Wood: Artist. “Neither mum nor dad could draw but both my brothers went to art school and became commercial artists.
“Music was always in our lives and it was a natural progression that I should be drawn to both art and music. I have been painting and drawing for seven decades, which is even longer than I have been playing music.
“When I was younger, I never really thought about the art I did. I just did it. For me art and music are so similar. They bounce off one another,” added Ronnie, who worked as a sign-writer before music took charge.
His stellar rock career has seen him be a part of some of Britain’s most influential bands, including The Byrds, The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces before joining the Stones in 1976. Throughout that time, he has continued to paint and pursue his passion for art, working in pencil, ink, watercolours, pastels, oils and metalwork.
Treeby & Bolton is the only place in Cumbria where fans can see Ronnie’s highly-collectable hand-signed new pieces released in a strictly limited edition set of 250 via Birmingham-based Washington Green fine art publishing company.
“Apart from us, the closest gallery to the Lake District where you can see this framed work by Ronnie is Manchester,” said Libbie Barton, manager at the Keswick gallery in Lake Road. “His pieces are amazing. A lot of people are fascinated by Ronnie Wood the artist and this work is a must-have for Rolling Stones fans who love art,” she added.
The large self-portrait of Ronnie is sold with a choice of a smaller print from Sir Mick, Keith and Charlie, along with a book signed by the artist.