Portrait of the artist: Ronnie Wood and Bremont
The Rolling Stone talks about his pursuit of painting and his project creating bespoke clock dials for the watchmaker
Ronnie Wood may be best known as a member of The Rolling Stones, but his love of visual art has been an enduring part of his life. Having studied at Ealing College of Art before embarking on his musical career, he has continued his passion for painting and drawing throughout, with his band members and other musicians often featuring as the subjects of his work.
One of his latest pieces has seen him once again team up with British watchmaker Bremont to create a bespoke marine clock featuring his distinctive artwork on the dial. The first collaboration, revealed in 2011, depicted a mythical horse, while this new timepiece sees him take a more abstract approach. Here, Ronnie Wood shares the inspirations and process behind the design.
What was the inspiration behind your artwork on the latest Bremont clock?
The first clock I created for the brand was inspired by my passion for horses. The latest piece is entitled 'I feel like painting' and the oil painting on the dial very much represents my real love of art.
Why have you chosen to collaborate with Bremont?
Aside from the brand being so interesting and also British, I have found that the collaboration was a great opportunity to showcase my influences through my art in a different way to the usual. All of these reflections will gather together to be seen in this most British tradition and now I have the opportunity to thoroughly indulge myself with Bremont.
Can you describe how the collaborative process works between yourself and Bremont?
Having access to the clock dials to create bespoke paintings on was a great opportunity as it wouldn't have been as easy on a small watch dial. The clock in itself is a striking piece of craftsmanship and it's so special to be able to customise it in a unique way. Nick and Giles [English, Bremont founders] gave me free reign on the subject matter, and now the first two are complete it's interesting to get thinking of what to do for the next.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I like to apply musical theory to my art, building the paint and brush strokes in much the same way as studio overdubs, the more defined ones standing out in the mix over others – much like the style of my art with the different expressive layers and colours popping from the page.
To what extent has your musical background influenced your visual art?
Throughout the years my music and art has gone hand in hand, as my career progressed I still maintained the passion for painting and drawing, with inspiration for my subjects coming from all different areas of my life, friends family and wonderful people I've met along the way.
Did you always know you would continue your art in addition to a musical career?
Absolutely, I feel I have always had almost equal passions for both my painting and my music. I have continued to draw and paint as well as my printmaking for over 35 years now and it is amazing to do so alongside my music.
Do you wear a watch?
I have always loved my timepieces. I do have a few watches but of course I love my Bremont – an ALT1-C, which I have worn for a few years now.
B-1 Ronnie Wood Marine Clock; bremont.com