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Stones Not Ron Wood's Only Medium

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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GUITARTIST Wood's art

Lots of musicians have tried their hands at fine art. Marilyn Manson, Bob Dylan, hell, even freak-folker Devendra Banhart, have all been known to put down the mic for a paint brush. The difference with The Rolling Stones' Ron Wood is that before he met Mick and the gang he already was an artist.

A formally trained painter, Wood produced numerous portraits of fellow rockers Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Slash, among others, during his career with The Stones. This week, Parisian gallery Bailly Contemporain opened Wood's first exhibit of his work, appropriately entitled "Ronnie Wood." He told the Agence France-Presse, "It's such a great outlet for feelings to play and to paint. In the studio, when you're building a song, when you overdub, it's like when you're doing a painting, you know, with the background and then coming gradually to the main picture. The layers are the same."

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The rest of the band remains somewhat silent on Wood's pastime, but he commented that they "respect what I do." Wood has also built an impressive little collection of his own, with works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Picasso, and Rembrandt. On display until June 29, Wood actually hopes not to sell anything from the show. "To sell a painting is heartbreak; I don't like to part with them," he said.

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