Ronnie Wood: A Major Retrospective Of 50 Years Of Rock And Roll

Symbolic London pop-up showroom, Thursday 9 August to 9 November, 34 Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QX


Symbolic Collection has announced a major new exhibition featuring Ronnie Wood artworks, and historical Rolling Stones artefacts. The show includes paintings, sketches, hand written lyrics, and guitars by Ronnie Wood, together with Symbolic’s major acquisitions of Ronnie Wood and Rolling Stones items. The show gives a comprehensive insight into Wood, the bands and the rock legends he has associated with across five decades including The Rolling Stones, Faces, The Birds and The Jeff Beck Group.

Symbolic Collection was founded by Bernie Chase, who has had a long life fascination with art and music. He developed a deep appreciation of Wood’s art and this, together with his love for The Rolling Stones, was the inspiration behind the collection. The items on display are from Chase’s personal collections and include original set lists and handwritten working lyrics for The Rolling Stones, Faces, The Birds and The Jeff Beck Group as well as guitars painted by Wood which feature rare drawings and lyrics. A range of large canvas paintings and recent works which have never been displayed before will also be unveiled

As well as having a renowned musical career, Wood is also a successful artist and, before he became a musician, he trained at Ealing College of Art. He finds inspiration from his musical influences and his work largely focuses on the band members and musicians he admired and knew, family, close friends and self-portraits. Supporters and collectors of his work include Bill Clinton, who recently bought two of his works, and Babington House entrepreneur Nick Jones.

Edward Lucie-Smith, internationally acclaimed art historian says of Wood: ‘Who says you have to be good at only one thing? Ronnie is in the top flight as a musician, but he’s also a full trained artist – and it shows’

Ronnie Wood said: “My two passions in life are music and art, I can’t imagine one without the other. Through The Stones, The Birds, Faces and Jeff Beck Group I’ve been creating art, collecting objects, pictures and memories that together provide an encounter with the people who influence me, the people I love and my own life experiences.”

AboutMyGeneration¬†has been to a preview of the show and we think it’s stunning. The collection has been curated in chronological order and charts 50 years of Ronnie’s musical and artistic career. As well as portraits and sketches made on tour the fascinating exhibits include personal cartoons, the schedule for the Faces first tour of the U.S. and Ronnie’s hand written notes on how the music in a Rolling Stones concert should be stylised.

As well as the paintings and documents the artefacts are just as interesting. For example there’s a collection of signed guitars and some early record and cassette players that were the sixties equivalent of the Ipod. The exhibition is well worth a visit as it gives an unusual insight into the development of and interaction between contemporary art and music over the last fifty years.

Exhibition information:
Ronnie Wood: A Major Retrospective of 50 years of Rock and Roll at the Symbolic London pop-up showroom, Thursday 9 August to 9 November, 34 Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QX Opening times 10am – 6pm Monday – Saturday. Entry is Free