The Rolling Stones: Time on Our Side original pencil drawing
Commissioned in 2016 for a collectors anthology of live 1960s broadcasts by The Rolling Stones. This is the first image in Matthews epic Stones trilogy; preceding 'Another Time, Another Place II' and 'Painted Black'.
In Matthews' own words:
"Firstly, I ought to point out that I chose the Stones for the role as mercenaries, because I've always considered them to be the mean and moody bad boys of rock 'n' roll; slightly aggressive and sullen, unlike the fresh-faced Beatles - no offence intended for either band!
Part one of the trilogy sees the group returning from the sacking of the city that burns behind them - Keith Richards was always a bit lax when it came to disposing of his dogends!
The one-eyed (yet "two-pupilled") elephant, complete with "brontesaurian" tail, is one they requisitioned from a herd of beasts, known for their irritability and pugnacious attitude. This one is further exasperated by Charlie Watts' incessant drum beats.
In the background, perched high above a rock stack, is the decaying, skeletal ship that the rapacious crew have recently embarked from."
- Full Title: 'Time on our Side'
- Year: 2016
- Size, inclusive of mount (height x width): 490 x 828 mm (19.3 x 32.6 inches)
- Materials: graphite pencil on tracing paper