Ronnie Wood ‘Artist’ Book to be Published

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Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has published a new collection of his artworks, simply titled Ronnie Wood: Artist. The book includes nearly 400 works in various media, including painting, drawing and sculpture. The 256-page book, was published by Thames and Hudson in the U.K. on Aug. 21. (It’ll be released in the U.S. on Oct. 17.)  It’s described in promotional copy as “the first ever comprehensive collection of his paintings and other artworks, created to mark the occasion of his 70th birthday.”

According to the announcement, “The bright, bold volume brings together the fruits of a lifetime in the arts, brimming with six decades of memorable and diverse work, from his art college portfolio (he studied alongside Pete Townshend) to the intimate work of his personal life today. Inside, a generous selection of his Stones work, including rare watercolors of Mick, Keith and Charlie backstage, meets acrylics of contemporaries Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck and Keith Moon. Portraits of formative jazz innovators Count Basie, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday sit alongside blues heroes Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Big Bill Broonzy. Paintings of Hollywood’s elite – Paul Newman, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe – juxtapose real-time fashion sketches of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell and deft pastel compositions from his residency at the Royal Ballet.”

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Wood’s portraits of some friends, from the book

Wood himself, the ad copy says, “provides the captions and insights into the thought and motivation behind each piece. With an introduction by Emmanuel Guigon (director of the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, where Ronnie will begin a residency in 2018) and an afterword by none other than Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood: Artist exists where fine art and rock ’n’ roll collide.”


Table of Contents

Intro by Emmanuel Guigon • A Life in Art by Ronnie Wood 1. Early Work • 2. Faces • 3. The Rolling Stones • 4. Icons • 5. Portraits • 6. Ballet • 7. Nudes • 8. Views • 9. Animals • 10. Beyond the Canvas • Outro by Keith Richards

Pre-order for the U.S. edition is available here.

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