26 Apr 21
Ronnie Wood has released a new signed, limited-edition print in support of Turn Up For Recovery, the charitable movement established to spread awareness of abstinence-based recovery through music founded by Melia Clapton. He discusses his inspiration for the painting in a video, which can be watched below.
AFFIRMATION 1 is the first in a series of vibrant Affirmation artworks created by the artist and Rolling Stones guitarist, inspired by an important part of his personal recovery.
Affirmations – important tools in recovery – are short, positive messages repeated to encourage change in the way we think and to help maintain emotional and mental resilience through this transformative period.
Depicting a message of positivity and inspiration, When I Take Care of Myself I Can Achieve Anything, the print is signed by Ronnie and available as a numbered edition of 500 priced at £399, with 50% of the proceeds going to Turn Up For Recovery. It is available to purchase now via https://store.digitalstores.co.uk/ronniewood/*/*/Affirmation-1/6XV30000000
Ronnie comments, “Affirmations have become a really valuable part of my recovery and have always really inspired me along the way. I know how hard it must’ve been for a lot of people who couldn’t get to meetings during lockdown and who have had a really challenging time during this past year. I know that painting and reading have certainly helped me this past twelve months. I wanted to create this print in support for Turn Up For Recovery to highlight the incredible work they do. It really does make a huge difference to so many lives.” Some of Ronnie’s most popular Instagram posts during Lockdown were his messages in support of people in recovery who were self-isolating and unable to attend meetings, reading some of his favourite passages from “one of my books that help me get through every day”.
Turn Up For Recovery is the grassroots, charitable gig movement born out of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. Founded by Eric’s wife, Melia Clapton, Turn Up For Recovery aims to raise awareness of abstinence-based recovery, tackle the stigma of addiction and help make treatment affordable to people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. All donations raised by Turn Up For Recovery go to fund treatment for those in need at Crossroads Treatment Centre. For more information visit https://turnupforrecovery.org https://crossroadsantigua.org
“I’m so moved by Ronnie’s kindness in bringing awareness to our cause and raising funds to help provide treatment for those in need. A massive thank you Ronnie for sharing these prints with Turn Up For Recovery and Crossroads Treatment Centre, I’m grateful to you for creating a powerful message with your gift of painting, they will be part of a positive change in many people’s lives. It’s inspiring to find someone that struggled with addiction who is willing to
spreading hope to others still suffering…a true blessing.” – Melia Clapton
Ronnie is one of the foremost rock guitarists in the world, but his artistic talents have always extended beyond music. Ronnie has continued his passion for painting and drawing in tandem with his musical career and his art is widely collected throughout the world. He received formal art training at Ealing Art College before beginning his musical career and has constantly explored his love for painting and drawing, creating art for over six decades.
Throughout his extraordinary music career from The Jeff Beck Group to the Faces and the Rolling Stones, Ronnie has never lost his passion for painting, drawing and sculpture. His paintings often denote life on the road with The Rolling Stones and Ronnie draws inspiration from live gigs and album covers, often placing loved ones – his band members,
friends, family and fellow musicians – at the heart of his work, as well as creating a number of self-portraits.
Ronnie’s work has been given a major retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo, and has featured in solo exhibitions throughout America, Europe and Asia. His most recent UK exhibition was in the summer of 2020 in the beautiful surroundings of Ashridge House.