Rolling Stone musician Ronnie Wood – himself an accomplished painter - has revealed he owns a number of works by the Irish portrait painter William Orpen (1878-1931) whose work he particularly admires.
Wood is the proud owner of a large number of original oil paintings, as well as letters and drawings by Orpen. A short essay on the website www.ronniewoodexhibition.com draws a series of comparisons between the careers of Wood and Orpen as artists.
Ronnie Wood began formal training at Ealing College of Art in 1963. At school he was 'borrowed' from science classes to paint murals. At fourteen, his music teacher paid him £4 for a snow scene. “My dad used to slave away all week for that,“ Wood declared in 2013. “I gave half to my mum.”
At the age of 16 he followed his two brothers, Art and Ted, to Ealing College of Art. Five years later he joined his first band, and was guitarist with the Jeff Beck Group and later again, with The Faces. He joined the Rolling Stones in 1975.
As well as Orpen, the musician and artist has declared his fondness for the work of Egon Schiele, Caravaggio and Leonardo de Vinci.
The 67-year old rocker married theatre producer Sally Wood at London’s Dorchester Hotel in December 2012. The bride was 31 years his junior and Paul McCartney and Rod Stewart were best men.
His previous marriage to Jo Wood lasted from 1985 until 2011. Prior to that, he was married to Krissy Findlay, between 1971 and 1978.
In recent years, Bill Clinton has purchased two of Ronnie Wood's paintings, one a joint portrait of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith, the other a scene of the Rolling Stones onstage. The portrait of Holiday and Smith hangs in the former US President’s office, whilst the Stones depiction is displayed in his Little Rock Home.