Major exhibition of the life of Ronnie Wood begins this week

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

A major new exhibition is about to take place that features artworks by Ronnie Wood, as well as other historical artefacts pertaining to the Rolling Stones.

Symbolic Collection proudly announced the new show, that will include sketches, painting, guitars and hand written lyrics from Ronnie Wood, as well as the major acquisitions Symbolic have made of items from both Ronnie and the rest of the Rolling Stones.

This new show will give the most comprehensive insight into not only Wood and the Stones, but also the rock legends he has been associated with over the years including The Birds, The Jeff Beck Group and the Faces.

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 that together with his love for the Rolling Stones was the inspiration behind the collection. The items are from Chase’s personal collections, with stand out exhibits including:

1. Original set lists and handwritten working lyrics for The Rolling Stones, Faces, The Birds and The Jeff Beck Group

2. Guitars painted by Wood which feature rare drawings and lyrics

3. A range of large canvas paintings, recent works which have never been displayed before, will be unveiled

This wonderful historical collection will now become available to celebrate this momentous occasion in the life of Wood and the Rolling Stones.

As well as a renowned musical career, Wood is a successful artist with a unique spirit and passion that finds inspiration from his musical influences. 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.”