To the world he is the quintessential rock and roll star.
But Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood’s first love was art – and one of his works is on sale in Birmingham for £300,000.
The 4ft 11ins by 6ft 6ins painting, showing the Stones in action, is on display at Castle Fine Art, at the International Convention Centre, during the band’s 50th anniversary year.
Gallery manager Beth McCarthy said around 20 of the 40 original works in the Raw Instinct collection were still available, with prices ranging from £1,500 for a signed limited edition print.
She said the art gave an insight into Wood’s mind.
“His life has been very well-documented,” she said. “He could have been a professional artist. If you’re not necessarily a singer, but a musician, someone who creates music and writes songs, that gives people a sort of poetic sensibility.
“They’re also, just by virtue of doing that, quite brave. It’s a similar thing with painting.”
Wood, aged 66, has told how he listens to Mozart at his easel. He began formal training at Ealing College of Art in 1963.
He has said: “When I’m inspired, I’m almost possessed and I just have to paint.
“There is no kind of therapy like the one you have from starting and seeing a picture through to the end.”
Wood showed early signs of artistic skill as a child. At school he was taken out of science classes to paint murals.
When he was 14 his music teacher paid him £4 for a snow scene.
Wood said: “My dad used to slave away all week for that. I gave half to my mum.”
At the age of 16 he followed his two brothers, Art and Ted, to Ealing.
Five years later he joined his first band, The Birds. He then became a member of The Creation, then The Jeff Beck Group, The Faces and, in 1975, the Stones.
His artwork was not taken seriously at first but art critic Brian Sewell has pronounced him “an accomplished and respectable painter”.
President Bill Clinton has bought his work and Andrew Lloyd Webber also commissioned a painting.
Wood has said: “It’s taken folk a while to come around, hasn’t it?
“Even the boys in the band, at first, weren’t too sure about the whole art thing. They just wanted me to concentrate on the music. But they respect it now.”
“Egon Schiele is my latest influence; I love him, as well as Caravaggio and Leonardo.
“It’s a fantastic buzz I get from being influenced by great people, same as in music. Every now and again something comes up musically that I want to emulate or try and get the same energy or copy the lick. It’s the same with painters.”
The Raw Instinct exhibition runs until August 9 after it was given a five-day extension.
It is another link between Wood and Birmingham – the star’s new wife, theatre producer Sally Wood is from the city.
The couple married at London’s Dorchester Hotel last December, despite a 31-year age difference, with Sir Paul McCartney and Rod Stewart acting as best men.
Ms McCarthy added: “There’s a lot of interest in The Rolling Stones. It’s their 50th year, they are absolutely all over the place.”
It will be followed by never-before-seen works by Bob Dylan in his Drawn Blank 2013 Collection.
She said Dylan told the gallery he found art relaxing.
She added: “It’s physically hard work touring night after night. For Ronnie Wood and Bob Dylan it’s almost like meditation making a drawing. Hours and hours go by without you noticing.”