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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.
Over the years Ronnie Wood¹s work has been widely exhibited. In 1996, he had a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil. His work has been honoured with numerous solo exhibitions in North and South America, in the Far East and throughout Europe.
Wood has been painting and sketching ever since he was a child and is a passionate and dedicated artist, taking inspiration from artists such as Egon Schiele, Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. Nowadays Wood is adept at creating pieces from landscapes, to portraiture, abstract to architectural; creating his original pieces in charcoals, oils, watercolours, spray paints, oil pastels and acrylics. Varying his style and his medium depending on the feeling or mood he is trying to evoke with his work.
His debut collection for Washington Green Fine Art launched in 2011 and with many pieces selling out upon release, his second collection is sure to delight fans and collectors alike.
This new limited edition collection of four portraits, entitled ‘Live Studies’ inevitably feature his iconic band mates. The original pieces were created using pen and ink and then washed with watercolours, to create a stylish and elegant feel, instantly capturing the swagger of Mick Jagger, the laid back demeanour of Charlie Watts as well as his own assured self-portrait of a man at ease with his musical talent.
Technically brilliant, Wood convincingly displays the intimacy of the relationship between subject and artist and the result is positively visceral as his work conveys all the wonder of a live concert.