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Ernie Eugene Barnes Jr

 (1938 - 2009)
Ernie Eugene Barnes, Jr. was active/lived in California, North Carolina.  Ernie Barnes Jr is known for African-American figure, genre and sports painting.

Biography   Ernie Eugene Barnes, Jr.


Painter Ernie Barnes was born July 15, 1938 in Durham, North Carolina during the height of the Jim Crow Era.  He lived in a section of the city called “The Bottom” with his parents and younger brother, James. His father, Ernest Barnes, Sr. was a shipping clerk for Liggett & Myers tobacco company.  His mother, Fannie Geer, supervised the household for a prominent attorney who shared his extensive art book collection with the young “June” Barnes.  By the time he began elementary school, Barnes was familiar with the Master artists.

Bullied as a child for being shy and sensitive, Barnes found solace in drawing.  In his freshman year, a weightlifting coach put Barnes on a fitness program which taught him effort an   ...  Displaying 750 of 9498 characters.

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