You know him as the drummer for The Beatles, but do you know Ringo Starr, the painter? Starr titled his most recent book “Painting is my Madness Too – the ART of Ringo Starr.” We love a good beat and a good brush stroke. Join us as we look at the visual expression of this multi-talented man. Let’s dive in!
Born Richard Starkey, Ringo Starr is one of the most famous drummers in the world. A member of the iconic quartet, The Beatles, Ringo’s talents go far beyond music. As a child, Richard suffered from several health problems. Complications with a ruptured appendix, concussion, and tuberculosis led to hospitalizations and surgeries. It was in his convalescence that he first learned about drumming. In fact, he played in the hospital band.
Starr became an official member of The Beatles in 1962. He joined Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison in what Starr called “the biggest band in the land.” The Beatles went through several drummers before eventually landing on Ringo Starr. He contributed to the group’s first big hit, Love Me Do.
For years, Ringo Starr painted using acrylics and oils. In the late 90s, he needed something to do while staying in hotels during his All-Starr Band tours. He began creating pop art on his computer. In 2005, Ringo had his first exhibition of paintings called “My Faces.” He’s continued to evolve his talents into computer art, photography, and commercial art. Fans of his music and art aficionados alike seek his pieces around the world.