Ernie Barnes claimed that he was one of the most popular artists in the world. Indeed his depiction of the African American experience is unique and his vivid imagination is reflected in his artwork.
Ernie was born in 1938 and began painting while playing college football at North Carolina College. He went on to play for five years in the NFL, then decided to call it quits and paint full-time. Many people recognize his painting called “Sugar Shack” from the classic TV sitcom Good Times.
Most of Ernie Barnes’ artwork reflect his view of African American lifestyles but he also shows us his continued love for sports. He also has a commitment towards racial and ethnic harmony and many of his paintings reflect it. With all things considered it’s easy to see why Ernie is one of the most collected African American artists in the world.