Ernie Barnes
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A work of art by the master artist Ernie Barnes that depicts two young African-American girls playing on a makeshift springboard.

Edition Open Edition
Framed Unframed
Height 15 inches
Length 18 inches
Medium Art Print

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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Cynthia O.
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All of the Paintings were incorrectly sized . I went and special ordered frames and None of the sizes given were correct . So I’ve spent 400 in Frames that does not fit the painting and can not use .

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Joy of Childhood

From the moment I walked into the depot, my eyes always went back to this print! I love it. I had it framed and it sits above my work desk. I glance it so many times a day. It's definitely a 'make ya feel good and smile' kind of print!


The Black Art Depot

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed this print. We truly appreciate you for giving us the opportunity to be of service and we hope you will consider us for your needs in the future.

Carol E.

Loved my prints!!!

Nice quality,great prices,cant wait to order more!!


The Black Art Depot

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We are pleased to know that you were satisfied with the quality of the product. We look forward to serving you again soon.

R B.


Arrived rather quickly secured in tube container. Disappointed in 'sky' color. Yellow coloring instead of pale blue as depicted online. Should have returned it but didn't. My fault. Had it professionally framed. Looks nice but wouldn't recommend this print unless you don't mind the yellow undertones everywhere.


The Black Art Depot

I apologize for this item being slightly different than you expected. If you are not 100% satisifed please feel free to return it for a full refund. Most Ernie Barnes artwork is printed on a vintage styled "light" yellow paper. This is the type of paper this series of paintings has always been printed on by the estate of Ernie Barnes.