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Ronnie Wood, 73, the rock maestro, exhibits original artwork, with all profits going to the NHS


Stone me! At 73, Ronnie Wood, the rock maestro, shows he's a bit of an old master too … when he exhibits his artwork and all profits go to the NHS

The band that made him world famous had one of their greatest hits with Paint It Black.

Thankfully, Ronnie Wood's upcoming art show is getting a little more colorful than this song suggests.

The Rolling Stones guitarist has teamed up with a mansion to unveil a collection of new and never-before-seen artwork – with all of the money made from ticket sales to donate to the NHS.

Art Me Up: Ronnie Wood with the tapestry inspired by Beggars Banquet's 1968 album cover

Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet album cover (1968). The original photo was taken by Michael Joseph at the Sarum Chase Villa in Hampstead, North London

Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet album cover (1968). The original photo was taken by Michael Joseph at the Sarum Chase Villa in Hampstead, North London

The collection at Ashridge House in Hertfordshire includes some of the 73-year-old's favorite original paintings, sculptures and etchings.

One of the most notable pieces in the collection is a large-format tapestry not made by Wood but based on one of his paintings – which in turn was inspired by the artwork for Stones' 1968 album Beggars Banquet.

The original photo was taken by Michael Joseph at the Sarum Chase Villa in Hampstead, North London.

The tapestry is one of more than 100 items and will be hanging at the entrance to Ashridge House.

Ronnie Wood in the studio. Wood, valued at £ 270 million, graduated from Ealing Art College and first exhibited his work at the San Francisco Art Exchange in 1987

Ronnie Wood in the studio. Wood, valued at £ 270 million, graduated from Ealing Art College and first exhibited his work at the San Francisco Art Exchange in 1987

The exhibition features new paintings that Wood created during the lockdown, including some of his bandmates and other musicians who have influenced him over the years.

A graphite drawing from 2018 shows Stone's frontman Sir Mick Jagger singing with Keith Richards behind him.

Also on display is a painting that bears more than a passing resemblance to Picasso's 1937 masterpiece Guernica.

The abstract destruction of a civilized riff shows Wood and his bandmates with their instruments.

Picasso's original: Guernica (oil on canvas), 1937

And Ronnie's version: Destruction Of A Civilized Riff, a self-portrait of Wood and his Rolling Stones

Masterpiece: Guernica (left) by Pablo Picasso depicts the bombing of a Basque city, while Destruction Of A Civilized Riff (right) is a self-portrait by Wood and his Rolling Stones

A graphite drawing from 2018 shows Stone's frontman Sir Mick Jagger singing with Keith Richards behind him

A graphite drawing from 2018 shows Stone's frontman Sir Mick Jagger singing with Keith Richards behind him

There will also be a room dedicated to his paintings of the Ashridge House and its extensive grounds.

Wood, valued at £ 270 million, graduated from Ealing Art College and first exhibited his work at the San Francisco Art Exchange in 1987.

He recently painted Geri Horner in her famous Union Jack dress and red platform boots – and gave her the painting this month on her 48th birthday.

The exhibition comes after the Stones announced that they had been working on new music during the lockdown. Normal People actor Paul Mescal starred in her latest music video for Scarlet – a previously unreleased track from 1974 that was recorded with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

The Ronnie Wood x Ashridge House will be open to the public August 21-27. All proceeds go to the NHS.

The art exhibition & # 39; Ronnie Wood x Ashridge House & # 39; takes place at Ashridge House August 21-27 and features nearly 100 original works of art by Ronnie Wood, some of which were painted during the lockdown

The art exhibition & # 39; Ronnie Wood x Ashridge House & # 39; takes place at Ashridge House August 21-27 and features nearly 100 original works of art by Ronnie Wood, some of which were painted during the lockdown

Storm - Easter Weekend Lockdown, 2020 by Ronnie Wood

Storm – Easter Weekend Lockdown, 2020 by Ronnie Wood

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