This Day In Music 01.06.2016
Ronald David "Ronnie" Wood, born on June 1st, 1947, is an English rock musician, singer, songwriter, artist and radio personality best known as guitarist of The Rolling Stones since 1975. Most people may not be aware that Ronnie Wood is also a well considered painter.
"People don't know that I'm an artist," Ronnie declared, "Playing music as part of a team effort is wonderful, but to express individuality as an artist is very personal. Art is more powerful, a more personal statement."
Sir Peter Blake, the Royal Academician, said that Wood deserves to be taken seriously as an artist: "I think people haven't given him credit because he's a rock star, whereas he draws well and he's a good painter."
Edward Lucie-Smith, a leading art historian, said: "Ronnie is in the top flight as a musician, but he's also a fully trained artist – and it shows." He was so impressed by the work that he wrote the exhibition's catalogue essay, saying, for example, that a "striking study" of Eric Clapton is worthy of the National Portrait Gallery”.
OFF#ROCK want to celebrate Ron Wood's 69th birthday with a small gallery of his artworks.
Below an article taken from PEOPLE magazine (dated January 7, 1985) about Ronnie Wood first exhibit called 'Portraits' held at Goldstrum Gallery, Dallas, US.
The faces that gaze from the portraits are certainly famous enough. Jimi Hendrix. Mick Jagger. Elvis Presley. Michael Jackson. When gallery owner Foster Goldstrum saw them at a San Francisco workshop six months ago, he was struck by their "strong, vibrant appeal." The appeal turned to excitement when he learned that the artist who signed his name "R. Wood" was actually as famous as his subjects. He was Ron Wood, the flippant Rolling Stone guitarist. "The quality of the work stands up," concluded Goldstrum. "I liked his work before I knew who he was."
The result is that Wood, 37, has now made his formal debut as an artist with a one-man show called Portraits at Goldstrum's Dallas gallery, exhibiting 30 monotypes and woodcuts priced at $2,250 each. Goldstrum describes Ron's work as "second-generation pop art" and banks on attracting buyers who like the graphics, "not just the glitzy thing of his being a Rolling Stone." Half the works sold in the first few days.
A onetime art student who became a musician when he realized commercial art jobs were "slim and the money sparse," Wood was nervous but congenial at his show's opening night. Wearing a tuxedo, one earring and white socks, he fretted over the black-and-white portraits that are occasionally splashed with vibrant color. "They're like your babies," he said. The show, which runs through Jan. 18, was "like having a concert drag out over six weeks."