Ronnie Wood was born in 1947 in Middlesex, England, into a musical and artistic family. Before beginning his musical career he received formal art training at Ealing College of Art, London.
Throughout the years, the artist and the musician have been inseparable. As his musical career progressed, Ronnie continued his passion for painting and drawing; his subjects ranging from band members and musicians he admired, knew and sometimes played with, to family and close friends’ and of course, the self-portrait. It is as natural to find him with a pencil as with a guitar, drawing portraits of contemporaries and finding inspiration from his musical influences.
In America in the early 1980s, Ronnie produced his first prints three woodcuts and a series of monotypes. At that time he was not yet an experienced printmaker and it was with great enthusiasm that he seized upon the opportunity in 1987 to spend several months working in a professional printmaking studio in England. Since then he has devoted a considerable amount of time to printmaking, producing a number of images using various techniques etching, dry-point, screen-print and woodcut.
The images in The Famous Flames Suite display a flamboyant synergy, as the orange wave-like flame sweeps dramatically across the painting, creating an exhilarating feeling of movement. Referencing photographs of each band member on stage, Wood first creates a dramatic black backdrop and paints his fellow Stones with breathtaking clarity and realism. Effortlessly working in acrylics, then oils and robustly embellishing the art with oil pastels. Meanwhile, the electric and vibrant backdrop in Stones on Stage – Got Me Rockin’ is matched by the animated performance of the band, captured by Wood, as Jagger struts energetically across the foreground of the canvas.
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