The Finer Art of Ronnie Woods

Unless you have been living under a rock or ruminating on the meaning of life in a cave for the past fifty years, you will immediately connect the artistic output of Ronnie Woods to the music of The Rolling Stones. There is, however, an astounding visual side to the musician’s art that is not so well known.

Ronnie’s experiences with the band provide fascinating subject matter for a range of very different collections. His aptly named Stone Raw Panels, inspired by Caravaggio’s mixture of oil and chalk mediums, brings to mind the raw necessities of early cave art. Woods’ offers muscular sketches of members of the Stones in performance, on pared back panels that are a far cry from his indulgent and light-hearted series on the same subject: Ronnie Woods Uniques. He takes a different approach with his Satisfaction Red and Satisfaction Blue series, using subtle play on colour and theme and providing a fine example of a confident artist at ease with his subject.

The artistic obsession that drives the artist to continually repeat a theme is not unusual; therefore the repeated recycling of the everyday of rockstar existence into art by Ronnie Woods is understandable, and probably impossible for him to resist. The viewer is offered a glimpse into the world of The Rolling Stones, as seen through the eyes of one of its most iconic members, and a rare chance to enjoy the band as a purely artistic subject.


The Art of Ronnie Woods

To celebrate the Rolling Stones current Australian tour, Silver K Gallery is delighted to present a beautiful collection of artwork from famous Rolling Stone- Ronnie Woods.
The show is literally a tour through the life and times of the Rolling Stones, from their early years in England to their explosion onto the world stage.
Exhibition Dates: Saturday November 8th – Sunday December 14th
5 Weeks Only!


Ringo Starr visiting Melbourne

The Art of Ringo Starr

& Images of the Beatles

Ringo Starr will be making a guest appearance at Silver K Gallery to meet fans and sign his beautiful artwork in February. To celebrate Ringo visiting Melbourne and Silver K we are proud to present an exhibition of over 100 images featuring hand signed artwork by Ringo Starr & photographs of The Beatles. This is the first ever showing of Ringo’s art in Australia, and with over 40 of Ringo’s individual pieces on display, this exhibition takes visitors on a magical journey through a collection of whimsical Pop art images presented as fine art limited editions on paper and canvas. Each image is formed from drawings Ringo creates on his computer and all are individually hand signed by the artist. For Ringo and art fans alike, this is a show not to be missed.

“Painting Is My Madness”

The Art of Ringo Starr

To view Ringo Starr’s Artwork click here

ringo-starr-artwork-melbourneRingo Starr will also be performing in Melbourne alongside his All-Star band at Festival Hall.

John Lennon’s Bag One Collection

John Lennon was a keen artist from a young age, particularly interested in sketches, drawings and nonsense.  His early art combined satire, cartoon and wordplay, often with a sinister edge.

The Bag One collection was created as a wedding gift for Yoko Ono.  It is a chronicle of their wedding ceremony, their honeymoon, and also the infamous Bed-In.  Anthony Fawcett, in his book One Day at a Time, describes his role in the initial process:

  I kept in touch with John and Yoko after the Coventry Acorn Event [June 15th 1968], but the first attempts I made to interest John in lithography met with only a vague, distant response. The technicalities of the process seemed alien to him, accustomed as he was to the spontaneity and simplicity of cartoon drawing. John had always considered basic drawing, doodling and sketching his forte, as they best suited his impulsive creative methods; he liked to translate the image from his head to the paper as rapidly as possible and with the least amount of fuss. Often his drawing, like his rhetoric, could not keep pace with his meteoric rush of ideas.

‘John was slightly more enthusiastic about the project when, with the help of publisher Ed Newman and the Curwen Studio, I devised a way to shortcut the complicated procedure of working directly onto stone blocks or zinc plates. By using specially treated “litho paper”, which I had sent out to his house along with an array of suitable brushes, litho ink, and crayons, John would be able to draw or paint in his usual manner. The images could later be transferred from the paper onto sensitized zinc plates by means of an advanced technical process, and the lithographs printed in the traditional way.’

The inaugural exhibition of the work at London Arts Gallery in January 1970 was closed by Scotland Yard on the second day, with the eight erotic pictures removed and pressing charges.  A magistrate later dismissed the case, determining that the images were unlikely to deprave or corrupt.

The collection was later exhibited at Lee Nordness Galleries in February 1970.  Fawcett also describes the event:

 ‘The whole of the New York art scene and all the ‘beautiful people’ turned out. Dali came with his pet ocelot on a leash. The lithographs were on view in a specially created environment, where spectators were asked to remove their shoes.’

An edition of 300 lithographs, containing the original 14 pieces, three cover pages and a carrying bag were also published, each signed by Lennon.  A copy was auctioned at Christie’s in November 2011, fetching US$55,975.

Silver K is proud to have 4 of John Lennon’s Bag One Lithographs available, click here to view them.

Robert Freeman: With the Beatles

The cover for With the Beatles was shot by Robert Freeman on 22 August 1963 in the Palace Court Hotel, Bournemouth in England.

Freeman recalls from the photo session:

They had to fit in the square format of the cover, so rather than have them all in a line, I put Ringo in the bottom right corner, since he was the last to join the group. He was also the shortest.

Paul McCartney recalls:

The original idea was to paint the picture from edge to edge, with no bleeding or title, but the studio vetoed it, on the grounds that the Beatles were not yet famous enough to carry a nameless cover.

Freeman was paid £75 for his work (three times the normal fee).

 Silver K is proud to present With The Beatles hand signed by Robert Freeman.

To see more of the Robert Freeman Collection click here…


Who was Stu Sutcliffe?

Stu Sutcliffe: The Original Beatle

Stu Sutcliffe was a key figure in the Beatles’ early history, playing bass guitar and, many say, helping the group settle on a name. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t even a musician. Sutcliffe was a promising painter who lived with John Lennon while both were students at the Liverpool College of Art. After Sutcliffe sold a painting for the princely sum of £65, Lennon persuaded him to buy a bass guitar and join his group, the Quarrymen, in 1959.

According to some versions of Beatles lore, Sutcliffe helped shape rock n’ roll history by suggesting the group change its name to play off Buddy Holly’s band, the Crickets.

A welcome addition for his good looks and bohemian fashion sense, Sutcliffe’s elementary musical abilities never matched that of his bandmates and he left the group in 1961 (George Harrison later said of his playing: “It was a bit ropey, but it didn’t matter at that time because he looked so cool.”) Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage the following year, just 21 years old.

Stu also happened to be boyfriend of Photographer Astrid Kirccherr. Astrid’s photos of The Beatles in Hamburg are some of the most iconic ever taken of the Beatles when Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe were still part of the band and there was no sign of Ringo…yet.





10 Things you didn’t know about The Beatles

  1. Lennon and Paul McCartney provided backing vocals to the 1967 Stones single We Love You.
  2. Two days after Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band released, Jimi Hendrix opened his set at London’s  Saville Theatre with the title track, something McCartney considers his “single biggest tribute”.
  3. The working title for the film Help! was Eight Arms to Hold You.
  4.  The BBC banned several Beatles songs – I Am the Walrus (for the use of the word ‘knickers’) and Fixing a Hole, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and A Day in the Life (all for alleged drug reference).

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Phillip Townsend Exhibition 2011

Silver K Gallery: Phillip Townsend  Exhibition 2011

Philip Townsend recorded all the movers and shakers of the time, beautiful and ugly alike: the louche lords and club owners, press barons and business moguls, stars and socialites, artists and creatives, royals and ruffians, and above all the new aristocrats of pop and rock, spearheaded by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

And he documented the peacock gear they wore, the sleek cars they drove, and the aeroplanes that flew them to fresh horizons. Silver K was honoured to have an exhibition in early 2011 featured around Phillip Townsend’s body of work.

The exhibition was a raging sucess

Here is a small collection of his photos to wet the appetite, for a view of his full works click here.


Interview with Pete Best

Interview with Pete Best the drummer that was replaced by Ringo Starr.

If you would like to see further photographs of Pete Best click here to see Astrid Kirchherr’s photos from Hamburg, Germany.

Interview with Julian Lennon

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Many of us struggle to live up to our fathers expectations whether percieved or not, but what happens when your father is John Lennon?

Julian Lennon was having his first photographic exhibition in New York City and here he discussing living in his fathers shadow and the various pressures that placed him under. Great interview.