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Andrew Lloyd Webber commissions Ronnie Wood painting
Ronnie Wood also managed to fit in some time for his artwork whilst on the 40 licks tour. Not only showing in exhibitions at galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Rolling Stones member also put on an exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland. As well as drawing set lists and doodles on giant canvases for his fellow Rolling Stones band members before they went on stage for their Rock and Roll acts, Ronnie Wood was really starting to become noticed as an artist on an international scale, not only with fans of the Rolling Stones but also serious art collectors.

In early January 2004, Ronnie Wood had exhibitions of his paintings in galleries in New York, to coincide with the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll concerts in Madison Square Garden. However, Ronnie Wood'swork had an even wider appeal than anticipated, with some 5,000 people going to view his paintings when the Rolling Stones played in Japan. As well as catching the attention of the Japanese public, Ronnie Wood's work also captured the imagination of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Some years after first seeing his work, Andrew phoned up the Rock and Roll star to enquire if he could commission a portrait of some of the movers and shakers of London's contemporary social scene. The setting for this endeavour was the World renowned Ivy restaurant; where the work would form a triptych to be viewed from left to right, representing the change from morning to evening throughout the day and the different patrons that would be found in the restaurant. The work features a whole cross section of people from Kate Moss to Stephen Fry and of course the other members of the Rolling Stones.

It was this master work by the rock and roll star that also attracted the first real T.V attention for Ronnie Wood's art. Melvyn Bragg of the South Bank Show featured an entire episode dedicated to exhibiting the art of Ronnie Wood and his Rock and Roll lifestyle as a member of the Rolling Stones. The Independent newspaper also took note of this work and featured it on their front page.