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Painter Ernie Barnes Dies At 70

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Painter Ernie Barnes Dies At 70

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Painter Ernie Barnes Dies At 70

Painter Ernie Barnes Dies At 70

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Ernie Barnes' painting Sugar Shack was featured on the TV series Good Times and on the cover of a Marvin Gaye album. Ernie Barnes hide caption

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Ernie Barnes' painting Sugar Shack was featured on the TV series Good Times and on the cover of a Marvin Gaye album.

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Barnes played for the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. Luz Rodriguez hide caption

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Barnes played for the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos.

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Renowned painter Ernie Barnes died Monday at age 70.

Barnes came to painting after a career in professional football, as an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. Teammates called him "Big Rembrandt."

He could take on a defensive lineman, then commit the encounter to canvas.

Many people would call Barnes a "black painter." He preferred the description "neo-Mannerist."

Barnes never painted his subjects with their eyes open.

"We don't see each other," he said once in an interview. "We are blind to each other's humanity."

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