of originals and prints by Ronnie Wood
, 32 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BE
19th-29th August 2008, 11am-5pm
Invitation courtesy of Jonathon Poole
After walking through a circus carnival in the foyer that is the Come
Together exhibition of Beatle Art, walk through double-doors to approximately
seventy-five images (framed and unframed) which charter the life of a
man known predominantly for his guitar twanging for a band you may have
heard of: The Rolling Stones. I gather we're on the same page now…
Two paces in, and background music a thoughtful aside, check about this
vast series of works consisting mostly of portraiture. Famous musicians;
Ronnie Wood's musical family, flashing sketchy colours in mixed-media,
depict movement, character and mood. The artist searches soundly around
subjects: some of whom he knew well, some perhaps acquaintances and others
maybe influences in his most extraordinary life.
As well as transitions in style, media and form, Wood the artist, as
a silent observer lonely in a crowd, looks deep into eyes and interprets
souls onto paper or canvas. Ask about technical proficiency and I'd answer
Ronnie is a natural artist. This is a captivating series, which mostly
conveys a journal of musical history.
To think that the hands of one of the world's most famous living guitarists
are capable of this when he lays down the noise-box with strings attached,
is amazing. Amid excitement at the preview, I felt a deep sadness. It's
a shame his artistic and musical talents never saved him from years of
drug and alcohol abuse. Hope you feel better soon, Ronnie.
I could reel off the names of all the faces displayed on the wall but
there are too many. Oh, all right - aside from other band members (The
Rolling Stones and The Faces featured) you will find a study of Elvis,
another study of Grace Jones, a brass section of jazz players, several
wild animals, Genghis Khan on horseback, and a beautiful picture of Marvin
Gaye in the rain. You must go to the exhibition to see the rest for yourself.
(Opening hours and location noted above).
Comment left by Sydney F Smith on 26th August, 2008 at 16:41
So,Amanda DeAngelis has the impudence to
insinuate that the great Come Together
Beatles exhibition is a "circus".Of course,only a clown could make such a
crass and offensive observation.The Come
Together exhibition has some exceptionally talented artists and is
enjoyed by many art lovers who appreciate the wonderfully varied works
Ronnie Wood's exhibition is good.But arguably,it is not quite as good as Amanda depicts.For instance;the Elvis
study could be much better painted,perhaps by a Come Together artist!And the tiger painting needs the skill of a professional animal artist.
The messag here is to juggle both exhibitions fairly,and stop clowning about!
Comment left by m on 27th August, 2008 at 17:24
great!! Liverpool art mocked and dismissed on a site that states it promotes grassroots art and culture ??????
Comment left by C on 8th September, 2008 at 15:03
Art that promotes a £ multi-million industry ie. the Beatles, no matter whether it is produced by Liverpool artists, is not what you could call grassroots art and culture!!