The Art of Ernie Barnes

Ernie Barnes
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  • 2021 Calendar
  • Wall Calendar
  • Featuring the art of Ernie Barnes
  • African American Calendar
  • Staple Binding

Ernie Barnes, affectionately known as "Big Rembrandt" by his teammates, is the first professional athlete to become a celebrated and internationally acclaimed artist.

Ernie was known for a unique style of elongation, energy, and movement. His artwork was frequently inspired by his roots in the south and memories of his childhood. His subject matter drew from these experiences and as a result, pool halls, barbershops, porch ladies, church, street singers, and sandlot games are depicted in his works of art.

His most famous painting Sugar Shack, which was inspired by a dance at the armory in his hometown of Durham, NC was shown in the credits of Good Times and on Marvin Gaye's album cover. Many are unaware that he was the creative force behind JJ's artwork on Good Times.

Our 2021 calendar serves as a tribute to the life, legacy and timeless talent of Ernie Barnes.

This calendar measures 12x12 inches (closed) and 12x24 inches (open). Our calendars are printed on high-quality paper and have full-color pages throughout. All public holidays are noted on the calendar. In addition, this calendar features information on dates significant to the African American cultural experience.

Perfect for any home, office or church. It also makes a great gift. Use it as a time management tool and Black History teaching tool.

Enjoy this 2021 12-month wall calendar!  

Edition Open Edition
Height 12 inches
Length 12 inches
Medium Paper
Signed Unsigned
UPC 723519010628
Year Released 2021

Ernie Barnes

Ernest “Ernie” Eugene Barnes, Jr. (July 15, 1938 – April 27, 2009) was an African-American painter, well known for his unique style of elongation and movement. He was also a professional football player, actor and author. Ernie Barnes' involvement with art began at an early age, like most gifted adult artists. However, when he reached high school his creative endeavors were temporarily detoured in his determination to become a successful athlete. In part this was a response to the demands of peer pressure which can be so strong at that age. He graduated from his high school a hero and star football player, and with 26 full athletic scholarships to choose from. He chose North Carolina Central University and a major in art. After college he continued in an illustrious professional athletic career, but never let his love for football overshadow his love for art. Football gave him an enormous satisfaction of achievement, of being able to do something extremely difficult, and do it well. Art, however, allowed him the privilege to interpret for the public his concepts of the relationship between art and life.

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