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Ernie Barnes

Ernie Barnes in 1992 with his painting “Eight Ball.” (Ricardo DeAratanha/ Los Angeles Times)
Ernie Barnes working in his studio in 1992. (Ricardo DeAratanha/ Los Angeles Times)
Ernie Barnes’ “Sugar Shack” as adapted for the cover of Marvin Gaye’s 1976 album, “I Want You.” (©1971 Ernie Barnes)
Detail of “Club 55,” acrylic/oil, 36" x 48" (© 1987 Ernie Barnes)
“Night Game,” oil, 48" x 24" (© 1988 Ernie Barnes)
One of former football player Ernie Barnes’ posters for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. (© 1984 Ernie Barnes)
Painting by Ernie Barnes made into a poster for the L.A. Chamber of Commerce. (© 1984 Ernie Barnes)
Artist Ernie Barnes shows a painting commissioned by Jerry Buss to the subject of the work, boxer Oscar De La Hoya. (George Wilhelm/Los Angeles Times)
“Grandma’s Hands” was the last major commission completed by Ernie Barnes. Singer-songwriter Bill Withers commissioned the work, inspired by his 1971 hit of the same name. Barnes wanted “people to look past the superficial into the real vulnerable parts of themselves,” said Withers. (© 2008 Ernie Barnes)