Sugar Shack

Ernie Barnes
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  • Open Edition
  • Official work of art from the estate of Ernie Barnes
  • Measures 27.375x35.5 inches (paper size) and 24.375 x 32.50 inches (image size)
  • As featured on the sitcom "Good Times" and on Marvin Gaye's 1976 album cover "I Want You".
  • Ships unframed and rolled in a strong tube with box

Ernie Barnes' iconic painting 'The Sugar Shack' is a testament to the power of art to capture the vibrancy of human experience. Born in 1938, Barnes grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and was encouraged by his mother to explore art. His 1976 painting 'The Sugar Shack' is a celebration of joy, dance, and community, depicting elongated figures reveling in a crowded juke joint.

This piece gained international attention when it was featured on the beloved television series 'Good Times', becoming a cultural icon. It was also chosen as the cover for Marvin Gaye's 1976 album 'I Want You', creating a fusion of visual and audio art that has become legendary in its own right. More recently, 'The Sugar Shack' made headlines again when the original painting was auctioned for a record-breaking $15.3 million at Christie's New York. As you consider this product, you're not just purchasing an item, but a piece of history that continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.

Ships unframed. Open edition. Image size: 24.375 x 32.50 inches. Paper size: 27.375 x 35.50 inches. Official work of art from the estate of Ernie Barnes.

Edition Open Edition
Framed Unframed
Height 35.5 inches
Length 27.375 inches
Medium Paper
Signed Unsigned
SKU erba101
Year Released 1976
Ernie Barnes

Ernie Barnes

Ernest Eugene Barnes Jr. was born July 15, 1938, in a poor section ("the bottom") of Durham, North Carolina. His father, Ernest Barnes Sr., worked as a shipping clerk at Liggett Myers Tobacco Company and his mother, Fannie Mae Geer, was employed as a domestic for Frank Fuller Jr., a wealthy Southern attorney who would guide Barnes into the world of art.

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Renauda H.
United States United States
I recommend this product


Exactly what I ordered


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United States United States

So excited to have gotten this . Great piece of art to add to my collection!!!


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The Sugar Shack

Great, My experience is one I would do again without hesitation.


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We're excited that you love The Sugar Shack. The artist does provide great work. We are looking forward to you making your next purchase and make sure tell your friends & family about us.

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Bulgaria Bulgaria
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I am super happy with my order

The delivery was super fast even though I am ordering for Bulgaria. And the art is just amazing.. we loved it!

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We're excited that you love Sugar Shack. The artist does provide great work. We're glad that you it got to you in a timely manner. Thank you for your business and tell your friends & family about us.

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Christmas Gift for Fiance'

He's wanted this print for a long time. It was a Christmas gift. Though it was a gift for him, it really is a gift for US because it looks marvelous hanging in what will be our 'lounge' area.

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