Good Times: The Art of Ernie Barnes

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Millions were exposed to the art of Ernie Barnes through the 1970's TV show, Good Times
Mr. Barnes' art was backdrop for the show's closing credits. It was also used to represent the paintings of wisecracking JJ (Dyn-O-Mite!) Evans, the series' budding artist.

Ernie Barnes, who retired from professional football to pursue his love of art, described his particular creative style of distortion and exaggeration as neo-mannerism.

The closed eyes of the people in his paintings symbolize our blindness to true magic of humanity.

Whatever one might call it, his work is alive with movement, expression and nuance meaning.


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Ernie Barnes 1938 - 2009
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