One of the country’s foremost experts in realism and still lifes, renowned Still-Life Painter Eric Forstmann will be honored as the Featured Artist at the 2017 Naples Winter Wine Festival, held January 27-29, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.
Guests to the Naples Winter Wine Festival will have the unique opportunity to bid on this painting by the artist (represented by Eckert Fine Art) created specifically for the Festival entitled “Intentions,” featuring grapes and a glass of wine below drawings tacked to a wall. This oil on board still life draws inspiration from Forstmann’s “intention” to help raise funds for Collier County’s children in need: the drawings intending to be a painting, and the grapes intending to be made into wine.
“I am thrilled to participate in the Naples Winter Wine Festival, an organization that does so much for children in need,” said Eric Forstmann. “The painting I made for the winning bidder is my small way of saying thank you for the enormous generosity and support that so many people lend to this event. I can’t wait to see it in action!”
His work has been acquired by many prominent collectors, including Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon and Warren Beatty, and has been featured in Architectural Digest and many other publications. “Eric Forstmann is one of the most sought-after painters of our age, someone who has a unique ability to find beauty in everyday life, and we can’t wait for him to share his talents at the Naples Winter Wine Festival,” said Simone Lutgert, co-chair of the 2017 Naples Winter Wine Festival. “His contributions will be life-changing for so many children in our community.”
Forstmann studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston under the tutelage of the late painters Barnet Rubenstein and Henry Schwartz. Before turning 50, his works were displayed in four one-man museum shows at first-class institutions including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri; Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut and the Evansville Museum of Art in Evansville, Indiana. In 2016, he was
featured in “Naples Collects” at the Naples Museum of Art in Florida. There, his art was showcased alongside masterpieces from Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Pablo Picasso. He is also featured at the Norman Rockwell Museum in the exhibition “Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World.”