Rocker Ronnie Wood hopes the public will recognise him as a serious artist, now his paintings are hanging side by side with the work of Andy Warhol and EDWARD HOPPER in one of America's most prominent galleries.
The guitarist unveiled an exhibition of his work at the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio earlier this month (Oct10), and he's delighted with the show.
Wood tells WENN, "There's been a whole cross section of the public who don't know I'm an artist. Lots of people tell me, 'Ooh, I didn't know you were a painter.' But that's being taken care of now I've been accepted into a museum, alongside Warhol and Hopper - the big boys. It's about time!"
The rocker credits his love of art with helping him to recover from his recent battle with alcohol, admitting he turned to the canvas to escape the media attention into his private life: "The painting got me through the hard times. I did a series of about 50 paintings during that time. I just kept busy and got creative."