After receiving the French Medal of Honor on Tuesday, Ringo Starr's official title is now, "Commander of France's Order of Arts and Letters." The coveted award, previously presented to the likes of Paul McCartney, Patti Smith and Charles Aznavour, was presented to the rock drummer/artist at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco (in conjunction with the Naval Museum) where the Arternative Light exhibit's Rock Art Star's Corner features Starr's bright, colorful faces which are generated by computer graphics.
'Chef Alamode' comes alive with a baby blue beret, rainbow eyes and ruby red lips, while 'Is It Time' features a devilish grin and spiky hair. Both display his love for inventive, contemporary art. Starr shares the exhibit space with works by Graham Nash, Paul McCartney and Ron Wood. The artists were selected not only on their artistic merit but for their "hidden passion for art." The exhibit will close in mid October. Meanwhile, Starr continues to use proceeds from his original art to benefit his favorite causes.
Since leaving the Beatles, Starr has released 17 solo studio albums and charted with singles, "It Don't Come Easy," "Photograph," "You're Sixteen," and "Back off Boogaloo." With Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, he has attracted new generations and created an international touring company, which has included Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter and former members of Toto.
Congratulations, Ringo. After your achievements in film/TV, music and art, it must be especially nice to get "a little help" from your French friends.