Ernie Barnes 1938 – 2009

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Sugar Shack painting features on the sitcom "Good Times"

Sugar Shack (1971)

I’m saddened by the loss of a great artist and personal influence, Ernie Barnes, who passed away yesterday in Los Angeles. Barnes, a former pro football player who gained worldwide recognition for his Neo-Mannerist paintings of sports and everyday life, is probably best know for his work on the long running series Good Times as well as his cover art for Marvin Gaye’s I Want You. Kanye West, Bill Withers and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Commitee are among those who commissioned work from the artist. Ernie Barnes will be sorely missed by many.

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4 Responses to “Ernie Barnes 1938 – 2009”

  1. So many of the greats are passing away, definitely will be missed.

  2. Yeah, man. I was in touch with him through his assistant. Just about to do the interview. Sad.

    B

  3. And inspired the cover of Camp Lo’s first album. That was my high school soundtrack for a few months. Barnes was s good one.

    • Loved Camp Lo, Nick. Luchini was my shit. There entire album and overall look was inspired by the 70s and Blaxploitation films. That first album was the business.

      B

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