Oct 04, 2018 - Sale 2487

Sale 2487 - Lot 156

Price Realized: $ 25,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 35,000
ERNIE BARNES (1938 - 2009)
Three on Three.

Acrylic on cotton canvas, with artist-built frame, 1999. 1219x610 mm; 48x24 inches. Signed in acrylic, lower right recto. With the artist's ink copyright stamp, verso.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, Oregon (2001).

Ernie Barnes framed many of 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 website.