Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ernie Barnes: 1938-2009

Via AJC.com:

Artist, football player Ernie Barnes, 70, dies

A Bronco in 1960s, he was known for ‘Sugar Shack’ painting featured on ‘Good Times’

Renowned artist Ernie Barnes, a former pro football player who switched to painting full time after his sports career ended, has died, according to published reports quoting his longtime personal assistant.

Barnes played for the Denver Broncos in 1964 and 1965, earning $13,500 as a starting guard. Ever since he was boy in Durham, N.C., he was interested in drawing and he was an art major at North Carolina Central.

Read previous post here and view a retrospective of his work at Kanye West's blog here.

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