Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ron Wood, the Artist and the Musician, on Display

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ron Wood, the Artist and the Musician, on Display

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What ballet dancers were for Degas, and waterlilies were for Monet, so Keith Richards is for another veteran artist: Ronnie Wood.

"Keith Richards is very interesting to paint," said Wood, who may be slightly better known as the longtime bassist-guitarist for The Rolling Stones. Wood is performing in Atlantic City tonight, at the Golden Nugget, and his exhibit "Faces, Time and Places" is running through June 30 in New York.

"Mick is very hard to capture, but that's why I like to do it," Wood said. "I like the challenge."

He was referring, of course to his storied band-mate and sometime model Mick Jagger - another frequent subject of Wood's oeuvre in oils, acrylics, mixed media, ink, charcoal and pen and pencil.

Jagger was one of many familiar faces lining the walls of Symbolic Gallery, in New York's SoHo district, where Wood was holding court this month in honor of his exhibit.

"I'm always painting or playing something," said Wood.

This is an auspicious time for him. On April 14, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time, for his work with the cult British band The Faces (earlier, in 1989, he had been inducted with The Rolling Stones).

But the recent spotlight on his artwork means a lot to Wood, who has been exhibited everywhere from London's Drury Lane Theatre to the San Francisco Art Exchange. He himself is an inveterate gallery- goer.

"I love to go to the Frick here in New York, because it's got Rembrandt, and I love Rembrandt," he said. "And the impressionists. Cezanne. And Picasso too."

But even Picasso, who could paint a woman from three sides at once, might have trouble with some of Wood's subjects.

"Different people, their faces are not made of noticeable characteristics," Wood said. "Someone like Keith, there's plenty of cracks and things you can paint. But someone like Bob Dylan is pretty hard to paint, even though his face is somewhat cracked as well. It's difficult to explain."

Perhaps 35 or 40 pictures line the walls of the lower Manhattan gallery -- about one-fourth of the total collection, according to Bernie Chase, president of Symbolic Collections, which is presenting the Broome Street show. …

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