The Famous Flames - Black Limo - Canvas, 2011
© Ronnie Wood

The Famous Flames - Black Limo - Canvas, 2011

By Ronnie Wood
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In this series of images, Ronnie Wood pays tribute to the legendary R&B group, the Famous Flames in which James Brown got his start with Please Please, Please in 1957.  No doubt an homage to the early beginnings of the music that inspired Ronnie himself to become a musician, these portraits of the Rolling Stones capture them performing onstage surrounded by vibrant orange flames.

This piece, titled "Black Limo" references one of their songs, Black Limousine, featured on the 1981 album Tattoo You.  It displays a montage of portraits of both Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood playing guitars in a layered design that mimics the appearance of the large scale monitors seen at their live concerts. The pale tones of the illustrations above and behind the central imagery are wonderfully contrasted with a black background and vibrant colors used in the foreground.
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The Famous Flames - Black Limo - Canvas, 2011
The Famous Flames - Black Limo - Canvas, 2011

 
 
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