American gallery to exhibit Ronnie Wood's art

Matilda Battersby
Friday 30 July 2010 10:48 BST
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A prestigious American art gallery is set to play host to an exhibition of artwork by former The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.

The Ohio-based Butler Institute of American Art will show 30 paintings and 22 drawings by the English rock ‘n’ roll musician for eight weeks from 21 September.

Several paintings feature Wood’s band-mates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performing onstage. One example, ‘Beggars Banquet,’ is a playful representation of the rockers’ notorious wild parties, showing them in a Bacchanalian state of revelry.

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As a British citizen whose career as a painter has long come second to his music, Wood is an unusual choice for a gallery better known for exhibiting American artists like Jackson Pollock, Edward Hopper and Chuck Close.

Butler director Dr. Louis Zona said: “Wood is a most accomplished painter whose work demonstrates a wonderful knowledge of the medium, outstanding technical abilities and an extraordinarily creative mind.”

“The Butler is honoured to host the artist’s first major American museum exhibition.”

Middlesex-born Wood, who has been drawing and painting since age 12, studied fine art at the Ealing College of Art in London prior to beginning his musical career.

The last major solo exhibition of his work was held at the Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1996.

Wood is due to attend a reception for the opening of the exhibition on 21 September.

'Ronnie Wood: Paintings, Drawings and Prints' opens Tuesday 21 September for 8 weeks at the Butler Institute of American Art, butlerart.com

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