Contemporary Realism: Important 21st Century Works | Hosted by Sotheby’s

Contemporary Realism: Important 21st Century Works | Hosted by Sotheby’s

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Ernest Wood III

More Than Material

Lot Closed

July 26, 06:18 PM GMT


10,000 - 15,000 USD

Lot Details


Ernest Wood III

More Than Material

signed; with monograph lower left


Oil on linen

Canvas: 32 by 44 in. (81.2 by 111.7 cm.)

Framed: 53 by 41 in. (134.6 by 104.1 cm.)

From the artist, with Art Renewal Center 2021

Krystel Stricklin, “Moving Forward as a Global Community of Artists”, American Art Collector, Scottsdale, August 2020, illustrated (online article) 

Various authors, “International Realism: 15th International ARC Salon”, ACC Art Books, Woodbridge, Suffolk 2021, (Honorable Mention Figurative), Illustrated p. 79

Samuel Peralta, “Lunar Codex: Nova Collection”, cultural time capsule Nova-C Lunar Lander launching to the Moon via Space X Falcon 9 in early 2022, illustrated

Ernest Vincent Wood III (b. 1979) began his journey as a painter when an instructor recognized his affinity for light and encouraged him to pursue oil painting. His painting, “More Than Material,” was awarded 2nd Place by The Portrait Society of America in the 2020-2021 International Portrait Competition. “More Than Material” was also given Best of Show in the “Mark 100 Regional Exhibition” and awarded an honorable mention in the 15th International ARC Salon. This work will also be illustrated in the Lunar Codex, a cultural archive of contemporary works, launching on the Nova-C Lunar Lander to the Moon, to be preserved for posterity. Wood’s sensitive use of light and realism in his paintings brings to 2021 the seventeenth-century technique of the Roman Caravaggisti and still-life artists of the Dutch Baroque, but with a contemporary twist of clever innuendos that make an old world technique remarkably relevant. After earning his BFA from Wichita State University in 2006, he studied at The International School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy, under the sponsorship of the Koch Cultural Trust. He has exhibited three times in Killarney, Ireland and recently at the Evansville Museum, where he staged the show, “Gravity.” The show featured a painting in which he rendered Bacchus as a female, “The Bacchae”, which now belongs to that museum’s permanent collection and will be displayed in a two-year show featuring women in art. His self-portrait, “Vulnerability,” was selected for the cover of the February 2021 issue of “Fine Art Connoisseur.” 

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