The ‘Ronnie Invites…’ series of exhibitions opened last night, featuring portraits of the Rolling Stones by award-winning photographer Michael Donald, shot during the making of ‘The Stones in Exile’ film in 2010. The images feature all the band members - Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, produced as black and white bromide prints
Accomplished artist and band member Ronnie Wood is artist–in-residence at the Castle Fine Art Gallery, Mayfair, where he also has his art studio, and has invited various artists to display their work throughout 2014. This debut exhibition features a collection of graphic work by John Pasche
alongside Donald's portraits. Pasche was recommended to Mick Jagger whilst still a student at the Royal College of Art, when looking for new artwork for a forthcoming album cover. Pasche created the now iconic ‘Tongue and Lip’ logo in 1971, which was used on the ‘Sticky Fingers’ album notes. The logo has been used by the Rolling Stones ever since and the original sketch was sold in 2008 to the V&A museum.
John Pasche commented: “I feel honoured in sharing this exhibition with Ronnie and Michael. I think that my 'graphic' style of design will contrast well with Ronnie's vivid paintings and the intimate quality of Michael's superb portraits. In all, an interesting mix of creative endeavours from the early 70s up to the present day.”
Helen Roden, Castle Fine Art, Bruton Street gallery director said: “We’re really excited about this exhibition and the start of the ‘Ronnie invites…’ series. Both Donald and Pasche have created striking works that document the Rolling Stones from the pop culture movements in the 60’s and 70’s up to their recent work in film.