Oct 05, 2017 - Sale 2456

Sale 2456 - Lot 95

Price Realized: $ 47,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
ERNIE BARNES (1938 - 2009)
The Maestro.

Acrylic on cotton canvas, with artist built frame, circa 1978. 610x457 mm; 24x18 inches (canvas); 762x635 mm; 30x25 inches (with frame). Signed in acrylic, lower right recto. With the artist's ink copyright stamp, verso.

Provenance: the artist, Los Angeles; the collection of Samella Lewis, Los Angeles; the estate of George F. & Alma J. Cameron, Los Angeles.

Ernie Barnes framed his early paintings with the distressed wood from a weathered picket fence in honor of his late father - inspired by the fenced backyard of his childhood home in Durham, NC. In his autobiography, Barnes wrote, "I placed a painting against the fence and stood away and had a look. I was startled at the marriage between the old wood fence and the painting. It was perfect. In tribute...Daddy's fence would hug all my paintings in a prestigious New York gallery." Courtesy of the artist's estate.