Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ernie Barnes


Don't recognize this guy's name? I didn't, but I recognize his most famous work. Barnes had a dual career; not only was he an artist, he was also (are you ready?) a professional football player. He went to college to study art, and ended up playing ball for the Denver Broncos among other pro teams. He used to sketch the defensive lineman who would be opposing him each week. His most famous work was featured in the credits of the 70s sitcom Good Times; it also appeared on an album by Marvin Gaye. Farewell to the artist of The Sugar Shack.

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