ROBERT EARLE WOOD. ANA. AWS

(American, 1926-1999)

DHIRA (BALTIMORE)

Watercolor on Arches Paper

23 x 30 Inches

Signed Lower Right:

‘Robert E. Wood ANA, AWS’

(Artist’s Inventory # 779)

 

Born in Gardena, CA, Robert E. Wood first studied at Pomona College and, subsequently, at Claremont Graduate School where he was influenced by the work of Phil Dike and Rex Brandt.

By the early 1960s, Wood was acknowledged as one of the premier California watercolorists to emerge during the postwar era and his personal style was already established.  While he painted mainly with transparent watercolors, he would freely incorporate opaque colors and complimentary mediums to improve the expressiveness of a work. His paintings often balance areas of pure abstraction with stylized subject matter that incorporates an emphatic use of negative space. Wood divided his time between painting plein air and working in his studio, though frequently from sketches made outside. A noted teacher, his manual of technique, Watercolor Workshop (Watson-Guptill, 1970), has been frequently reprinted and remains a standard work on the subject. Wood exhibited widely and with great success including frequent exhibitions at the National Academy of Design (NY) and over eighty solo exhibitions world-wide. He was also an active member and vice-president of the American Watercolor Society.

In addition to his masterful landscapes and marine paintings, the artist is noted for his psychologically-penetrating figural studies of which we are happy to offer this lyrical example.

 

Reference:

Who Was Who in American Art, Falk, Vol. III, p.3627; Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Vol 14,  p.705; Davenport’s Art Reference Guide, 2007/8 Edition, p.2550; et al.

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