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Artist of Famous “Good Times” Painting Dies… Ernie Barnes

Ernie Barnes With Kayne West

Ernie Barnes With Kayne West

Legendary Soul Artist Ernie Barnes (1938 – 2009) left his footprint in America for all to remember him. We wanted to pay our respect and let you enjoy reading about someone who’s work is more famous than his name. Please visit his website to learn more about this giant at www.erniebarnes.com.

Sugar Shack Painting Used On "Good Times"

Sugar Shack Painting Used On "Good Times"

From KanyeUniverseCity.com:

Segregation prevented him from considering nearby UNC or Duke University, so he attended North Carolina College on a football scholarship and majored in art. He was drafted by the then-World Champion Baltimore Colts football team. He then spent the next five seasons as an offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. In 1965, New York Jets owner Sonny Werblin recognized Barnes’ artistic potential and replaced his football salary for one season so he could devote himself “to just paint.” One year later, Barnes made his debut in a critically acclaimed solo exhibition at Grand Central Art Galleries in Manhattan and retired from football. His autobiography “From Pads to Palette” chronicles his transition from athlete to artist.

For over 40 years, his neo-mannerism style of art has been admired and collected internationally. His national traveling “Beauty of the Ghetto” exhibition in the 1970s featured some of his timeless works as “Storyteller,” “High Aspirations” and “The Graduate.” His famous 1971 “Sugar Shack” dance scene appeared on the “Good Times” television show and on the Marvin Gaye album “I Want You.” This image has been widely imitated and Barnes’ expressive style has influenced countless aspiring artists.

To read the complete post on KayneUniverseCity.com please click here.

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13 responses

  1. Sinn

    The Sugar Shack painting still moves me to this day like it’s the first time laying eyes on it. So much passion an soul. This painting is Afican American people the part that we all are some show it some dont but its there. Now if your asking you self “what in the world is he talking about.” Wake your ass up an get some get right. Holla Back….. REAL TALK…… 1…… 6024051425

    February 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm

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  5. T. jones

    classical art work of true ghetto live. eye soothing

    December 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

  6. where can I get a print of Sugar Shack?

    May 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    • From me for the right $$$$$$… And will even supply you with the Authentication number for you too check out before hand!

      August 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

  7. Maxine Knox

    been trying to find the sugar shack painting by Ernie Barnes but can’t afford it was thinking mabe I can find a copy to go on my wall

    April 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

    • Anonymous

      go hang yourself its alot cheaper.

      April 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      • Anonymous

        Dude really?! Are we not in 2013. Get a life.

        May 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    • From me for the right $$$$$$… And will even supply you with the Authentication number for you too check out before hand!

      August 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

  8. It shows him being misunderstood, like the saying ‘ alone in a crowded room’, check out the man in blue sitting down alone by himself at the bottom.. i love this painting because it speaks

    March 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm

  9. Anonymous

    God must of needed another Artist,,,Rest In Peace, Painter-Man…your Soul is still bringing Joy down here…:)

    March 22, 2014 at 10:30 am

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