Bath art gallery unveils Ronnie Wood tribute on Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary
British rock icons the Rolling Stones are celebrating an extraordinary 50 years in the music industry and Bath art gallery, Castle Galleries in Burton Street, has unveiled Ronnie Wood's own tribute to his band mates.
A fitting homage to their golden years, Wood's new collection is entitled Decades and is made up of six statement pieces, including instantly recognisable individual portraits of Mick Jagger, Charlie Woods and Keith Richards, alongside a striking self-portrait.
Available for purchase now at Castle Galleries the limited edition works of art are a celebration of Woods' two successful creative worlds, brilliantly bringing to life the raw energy and passion of one of Britain's best bands.
Peter Jones, manager at Bath's Castle Galleries said: "Ronnie Wood has an outstanding artistic talent. This latest collection is testament to the enduring journey of a truly accomplished artist and so we are delighted to bring to Bath his breath-taking bodies of work to fans of the Stones and Ronnie himself, in their 50th anniversary year.
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"Working from real-life on-stage photographs, Ronnie first creates a dramatic black backdrop before painting his fellow Stones with breathtaking clarity and realism, before working in acrylics, then oils and finally embellishing the art with oil pastels."
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, ranging from self-portraits, to musicians, to family and close friends.
Painting with a real technical prowess, this latest collection from Wood is a dedication to the Stones as a group, as well as individually.
The group portraits are titled The Raw Panel Series.
While, across each of the individual portraits titled Blue Smoke a blue wave of smoke dramatically brings the painting the life with an air of striking synergy.
For Wood, music and art have always gone hand-in-hand and the intensity he brings to the guitar, without doubt, translates onto canvas with rhythmic lines and vibrant colour, giving art and rock lovers alike a thrilling front row view of the Stones on stage with some amazingly accurate facial expressions.
The guitarist constantly looks to drawn inspiration from some of the 'notorious greats' within the industry.
He comments: "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 and get the same energy or copy the lick.
"It's the same with painters."