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The art of Wood

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - His is the well-lined face of a veteran cosmic rocker, a music icon who played with the Jeff Beck Group, Faces, and since 1976, been a mainstay with the Rolling Stones. Ronnie Wood is a true artist.

"We're displaying his artwork, just to show people the depth of his range as an artist," Ryan Crowley of Symbolic Collection said.

Ronnie Wood's paintings, prints and proofs, along with sketches and doodles, are on display at the Symbolic Collection Gallery in Sorrento Valley.

"You'll see hand-painted guitars by Ronnie Wood that he actually played. Then we have a lot of limited edition prints," Crowley said.

That Ronnie Wood is as talented with a brush as he is with a guitar is no accident.

"He went to art school with Freddie Mercury, his older brothers were artists. It's just in his blood," Crowley said.

This Rolling Stone has gathered almost as many art fans as music fans.

"He's shown in many museums and he recently sold a piece for $1 million," Crowley said.

Symbolic Collection has amassed more Rolling Stones memorabilia.

"We also have banners that were part of their tour for the Voodoo Lounge. It's signed by the whole band, as well as from their tour," Crowley said. "Then we also represent another artist whose subject matter is the Rolling Stones, which is Sebastian Kruger, the character artist from Germany."

And then in the middle of the gallery sits the former throne and keyboard of The King.

"This is Elvis Presley's grand piano from Graceland. He actually played on it," Crowley said.

The Symbolic Collection is home to some classic rock and roll chords and a few strokes of genius.

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