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The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood showcases art in Reading

PUBLISHED: 15:08 24 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:08 24 March 2015

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Art work by world famous Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones will be on show at a Reading gallery.

Castle Galleries, Reading, will be showcasing the four new prints from Monday 23 March, all painted whilst the band was on its global ’14 On Fire’ tour last year.

The new ‘Drawn to Life’ collection captures the renowned bandmates in expressive black and sepia sweeping lines, suggestive of their animated and dramatic movement during performances on stage. Highlights with water colour shadowing - freely brushed on - give depth to the portraits making them pop out from the white background. Each of the limited edition paper prints is hand signed by Ronnie Wood.

Born into a musical and artistic family in 1947, Ronnie Wood has painted and drawn for over 35 years and received formal art training at Ealing College of Art before commencing his career as a professional musician in the 1960s. As well as his unique ability to capture the essence of his impressive musical career, charting his life on tour with the Rolling Stones, Wood has also previously created cover artwork for Eric Clapton’s 1988 box set Crossroads, and several of his paintings, including a work commissioned by Andrew Lloyd Webber are displayed at London’s Drury Lane Theatre.

Trinity Marsh, Castle Galleries, Reading’s Gallery Manager said: “Most of us recognise Ronnie Wood as a music legend, but are unfamiliar with his other creative side – he’s actually a very accomplished artist and as his musical career progressed, he also continued his passion for painting. He draws with such fluidity and expression that his bandmates are really brought to life. It’s an exciting collection that any art lovers as well as fans will appreciate.”

Commenting about his work, Ronnie Wood says: “There is no kind of therapy like the one you have from starting and seeing a picture through to the end.

“In a secret sort of way, I like the people who I draw to see the way I’ve depicted them. Unlike music, it’s a solo effort. There’s no one else to blame.”

Ronnie Wood’s collection is free to view and will be on display at Castle Galleries, Reading, until 19 April.

This latest chapter in the legendary history of The Rolling Stones, as shown in ‘Drawn to Life’, is a limited edition run of just 295 prints, and the portfolio is available to buy from £2,650.

For more information visit Castle Galleries, Reading, call 0118 959 0300 or visit www.castlegalleries.com

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