Ronnie Wood goes beyond the guitar |

Ronnie Wood goes beyond the guitar

Daily Staff Report
Special to the DailyAs his career as a musician progressed, Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones continued his painting and drawing.

This exhibition is moving to Vail from Denver. Wood’s art is exclusively available in Vail at Gateway Gallery and in Denver at Masters Gallery at the Promenade.In addition to his illustrious career in music, Wood has also made his mark in the art world. Born in England in 1947, the youngest child in a musical and artistic family, Wood’s childhood dream was to be an artist. Before music became the major influence in his life, he received formal art training at Ealing College of Art and worked for a short time as a commercial artist in his 20s.As his career as a musician progressed with the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces and the Rolling Stones – securing his place in rock fame as one of the world’s best guitarists – Wood continued his painting and drawing.Over the years, the artist and musician have become inseparable. Woodnever stopped sketching – in dressing rooms, backstage, at home with family and friends. It was as natural to find him with a pencil as a guitar,drawing portraits of contemporaries and finding inspiration from his musical influences. Wood has painted portraits of many legendary rock ‘n’ roll, pop and R&B performers including the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and self-portraits of himself. He’s also painted Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Madonna. Through his artwork, Wood has documented rock ‘n’ roll history as nobody else ever has, visually portraying his fellow musicians with intimate knowledge and capturing their energy, dynamics and presence.In the 1980s Wood began to focus strongly on his art and began studying the techniques of screenprinting and etching. In 1987, Wood published “The Works,” a book about his life as a rock guitarist. Illustrated with his paintings, it was a surprise to many who were unaware of Wood’s talent as an artist. Also that year, Wood began a series of international exhibitions. He has since held numerous one-man exhibitions at galleries worldwide including London, Tokyo, Hamburg, Basel, Buenos Aires, Belgium, Sweden, New York and San Francisco, as well as a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in San Paulo, exhibiting works in various mediums including oil paintings, woodcuts, lithographs and etchings.For more information call the gallery at 477-1112.

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