Apr 07, 2016 - Sale 2409

Sale 2409 - Lot 75

Price Realized: $ 27,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
ERNIE BARNES (1938 - 2009)
The Rose.

Acrylic on cotton canvas, with artist built frame, circa 1978. 620x508 mm; 24x20 inches (canvas); 787x648 mm; 31x25 1/2 inches (with frame). Signed in acrylic, lower right recto. With the artist's ink copyright stamp, verso.

Provenance: the estate of Ray Blanco, New Jersey. Cuban-born Ray Blanco (1955- 2006) was a television documentary director and producer, and a prominent Latino activist and politician. He was also the president of the city council in the city of Plainfield, New Jersey, and worked with U.S. Senator Robert Menendez.

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." Biography courtesy of the artist's web site.