Many would say that art and music go hand in hand. They are both creative outlets that influence the lives of anyone who can appreciate the arts. Music is a beautiful mix of rhythm, beats, measures and sometimes lyrics, all combined to make the perfect sound. Art is another kind of beautiful mix including all different types of mediums from acrylics to charcoal. The following people have had the gift of the arts, and each one uses it in their own unique style. For some people with the gift or interest of creativity they focus on just one denomination of the broad subject, for instance some become influential musicians and others become inspiring artists of pictures. However these few individuals have mastered the arts in at least two fields and they combine the two, to be awe inspiring and multitasking humans. While rocking out on stage combining guitar riffs and vocals to splashing paint so masterly on a blank canvas. Time is divided between the different mediums of creativity and mingled to display art exhibits and golden records.
For such artists you could say that their music and art compliment each other. The styles of their paintings or etches are prominent in their music. The rock and roll gods usually present portraits of stage performing legends in darker hues, and the soft rockers often present more lighter pigments of landscapes and modern visuals that leave the interpretation up to the viewer. Then theres the occasion “trying something versatile” artwork or song that throws the fan into a bit of confusion but deeper interest of the artist. Whether its the song that makes you dance around your room or the ballad that has you deeply looking into your life or the painting that makes you smile, the painting that makes you appreciate, the charcoal sheet that seems dark but you still hang in your living room, these artists do not fail to keep their head in both of their passions, making their creativity their all for one outlet.

When Ronnie Wood wasn't rockin’ out with his bandmates of the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces, or the infamous Rolling Stones, he was most likely found to be painting or sketching.
Over the years of Ronnie’s life and art career his work has been in countless one-man exhibits in North and South America, the far East, and all throughout Europe. He was also a part of the retrospective exhibition at the Modern Museum of Art in Brazil.
Ronnie was born in Middlesex England in 1947 and had a destiny of an artistic life being that he was born into a family where music and art were expected, even his father, Arthur Wood, was an amateaur musician and artist. This advantage gave Ronnie his first gig playing with his father’s group. The gift and passion of the arts trickled down to all three of Arthur’s boys seeing as how each one majored in some form of art in college. One went to art school, the other to music school and when Ronnie was sixteen he went to Ealing College of Art in west London.
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Picture 1: Portrait of Jack Nicholson
Wood’s art subjects were mostly portraits of people that were important in his life. Some would include the musicians he admired such as Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Bob Marley and many more. Then there would be his less famous but just as loved family and friends. And of course lastly but expected, he would conjure up self-portraits.
Picture 1: Ronnie and his band mates of the Stones performing
Picture 1: Ronnie and his band mates of the Stones performing

In 1987, Wood received the chance to work several months in a professional printmaking studio in England. After his experience at the studio he has continued using various techniques such as etching, drypoint, screen print and digital, to produce print-made images.
Today Ronnie Wood keeps both of his artistic passions in his life. He is still rockin’ out with bandmates, living the dream with the Stones. However he does not let it distract him from his art career as surely as it is a passion it is also a part of his lifestyle, during breaks while on tour or on stage he would sit down with his sketch pad and just sketch time away, he even sells his many famous paintings and portraits to either fans of him, the Stones, or the people he painted.

Pic 2: Ronnie and his bandmates of the stones performing
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"I apply musical theory to my art. I build limited edition silkscreen prints in much the same way as studio overdubs, the more defined ones are things that stand out in the mix." - Ronnie Wood.

Paul McCartney is known as one the best selling male artists. He went solo almost during his reign with the infamous 70’s “good boy band” the Beatles. McCartney claims that a blank canvas was always an inspiration to him, it presented him with a challenge. He even ended up decorating one of the album covers for the Beatles. At age 11, Paul bought a modern art book. When he was 14 he received an art prize for a drawing of St Aidan’s CHurch on the SPeke housing estate where he had lived. In 1990 he painted this object once again and named it “Home Territory”.

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McCartney never attended art school and that made him think he couldn't possibly be good at art. Especially since his band member at the time, John Lennon was a well respected artist of his and he had actually gone to school for art. However he quickly remembered that he hadn't gone to school for music and he had become an influential musician. Paul quickly befriended art critics and gallery owners that brought him into the group of young talented artists. The actual artwork of Paul McCartney was more about the actual paint. He paid great attention to the colors and textures, and surprised himself with his own creation. He claims that even the titles are accidental and are inspired by the paint and other people. Some of the most influential people in his life were Andy Warhol, who “appeared” in his work, and his wife at the time, Linda. For Linda McCartney, Paul made a whole exhibit within which most of the paintings were influenced by his blonde lady. As for other artists his influences involved Picasso, Dali, and Magritte. The surrealist painter Magritte's painting of a big green apple is the influence behind the Beatles apple logo.
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Paul’s paintings were mostly landscapes with light and color, with a soft complexion. Some artworks were also influenced by his ancient Celtic background . Through all of Paul’s painting came many art exhibits and of course a strong connection with his music. He never strayed from becoming the most influential male songwriter and infamous male musician. He continues to perform and sell his paintings with no intention of stopping either of his passions.
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"Some of these faces might as well be landscapes because a lot of the time all I want to do is apply paint . sometimes just putting on the paint is more interesting than actually thinking what it all means" - Sir Paul McCartney






Art In Bands Part II... continued

People in the art world are all connected by one thing: creativity. The more outlets one uses to express themselves, the better. Expression of this creativity has lead to some of the most influential movements. Whether it be the punk movement, new wave, dadaism, or expressionism they all are known to have caused a change in our lives. The following individuals not only mastered their skills as musicians, but also as visual artists. They found refuge in art much like many before them. Two extraordinary examples are Kim Gordon and Syd Barrett.

Kim Gordon was born in Rochester New York on April 28th, 1953. In the early 1970s she graduated from Otis College of Art and Design where she acquired a fine arts degree. In 1981 she and her boyfriend (at the time), Thurston Moore, formed the band Sonic Youth. She played bass and doubled as a vocalist for the band until 2011 when they announced their “break” as a result of Gordon and Moore’s divorce. Despite this, band members seem hopeful in the future. In an interview Ranaldo commented: “It remains to be seen at this point what happens. I think they are certainly the last shows for a while and I guess I'd just leave it at that.”

Most people don't realize that Kim was a working artist before she found fame in music. After graduating from art school she went on to work for a few galleries in SOHO and also wrote for Artforum. Being a musician never stopped her from making art. Even through the years of Sonic Youth she managed to participate in a few galleries. She also was part of White Columns which is a magazine that was used as a forum to publish poetry by people who intersected the worlds of poetry, music and art. In general her art can be categorized as expressive. Whether it be words, or actual figures, Kim uses loose brushstrokes and dripping of paint to convey a message or simply a feeling. When it comes to painting Kim favors the flexibility of watercolor. Although it is hard make out the features of her subjects (in these works) that is the point. The layering of colors and paint makes it only possible to make out certain facial features of the subjects (eyes, nose, mouth) (Figure 1).

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Her “word paintings” bring out Gordon’s poetic side. By using no more than a few words, she evokes an emotion (Fig 2). These works are very graphic in their execution (black letters on white background) and are also part of a clothing line she has created (Surface to Air).
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These days Kim has reimbursed herself into art. Kim is in the midst of presenting a show, in collaboration with Jutta Koether, called The Club in the Shadow. The idea for this show is to convert seemingly normal spaces into an aesthetically interesting art space. Their next venue is ConTEMPorary, located in NYC. Kim wants spectators to become imbursed in the surroundings and installations that she and Jutta plan to create. The setups for the installations are meant to morph in relation to the kind of music that is being played. Her Noise (Fig3) and Reverse Karaoke (Fig4) are two past examples.
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Syd Barrett is best known as a founding member for Pink Floyd. During his time with the band he was the lead singer, song writer and guitarist for the band.He brought a very psychedelic sound to the band and its trademark minimalistic lyrics. His use of distortion and feedback were revolutionary during that time. Although his time with the band was short, he made a great impact.. In 1968 he left the band for medical reasons
which had to do with his continuous drug use (primarily LSD). After leaving Pink Floyd he tried to stay out of the public eye, but did go on to have his own solo career. Despite his

general unpredictability throughout the years one thing remained constant: his art. Throughout his Pink Floyd days, his break, his solo career and after Barrett created visual art using mediums including charcoal, acrylic paint and ink.

Roger, more commonly known as Syd Barrett, viewed himself primarily as a visual artist. Not all of his art has made it through the years, as he had a tendency to destroy the work upon completion, but of the work that did one can see the attention to detail and general technical skill he had. “Portrait of a Girl” (Figure 5) is a picture taken from the early days. It is said that Syd would walk the streets of London searching for the perfect subject. He had this idea that since the main focuses of his work were his subjects, part of the art was choosing them wisely. Figure 6 is, in fact, a self portrait done around the time he left Pink Floyd. The face is generalized and whited out (possibly influenced by Manet?) and around him is movement of lights and colors. One could infer that this is a response to his use of drugs.

In either work it is evident that Barrett sought out this “sketchy” quality to his work. Brushstrokes are visible and movement is implied. Expressions are also meant to evoke a certain emotion when viewing each of these works which is very modern of him.

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