Ernest Lee
Ernest Lee, known by everyone as "Chicken Man," can be found with a big grin on his face, painting and selling his signature "funky chickens" on Gervais Street in downtown Columbia, SC. Ernest is a talented artist who has been painting and drawing since he was a child, but he owes his fame to the wacky happy chickens he paints in all sorts of colors and costumes dancing around on their little stick legs. Chicken Man paints other subjects, but his funky chickens have become classic souvenirs of Columbia. He paints with acrylics on scrap wood that is often irregularly cut, warped, or broken. Ernest likes to park his colorful trailer that serves as art studio and store on a vacant lot within walking distance of the University of South Carolina (home of the “Gamecocks”). A while back some locals refused to let him set up shop on the street, but his fans rallied to his defense. It didn't take long for Chicken Man to find a street that welcomed him. His little trailer still gets in the way of urban development from time to time, but now Chicken Man himself has become a local tourist attraction. If you can’t find him on the street in Columbia, these days you can find him on Facebook.
CHICKEN HEAD
on scrap plywood
15.75" x 15.25"
$60
Columbia, SC
CHICKEN IN
PINK DRESS
on scrap plywood
12" x 27.5"
SOLD
CHICK IN YELLOW DRESS
on scrap plywood
7.5" x 24"
SOLD
CHICKEN IN
RED DRESS
9.75" x 27"
on scrap plywood
$90
CHICK IN
RED DRESS
10.5" x 19"
on scrap plywood
SOLD
Paintings by "Chicken Man" are made on rough-cut scrap wood that is not necessarily straight or flat!
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YELLOW ROOSTER
ON ORANGE
10" x 48"
on scrap wood
SOLD
YELLOW ROOSTER
10" x 48"
on scrap wood
SOLD
ORANGE ROOSTER
10" x 48"
on scrap wood
$110
GREY ROOSTER
10" x 48"
on scrap wood
SOLD
PINK ROOSTER
10" x 48"
on scrap wood
SOLD
CHICK IN BLUE
10" x 48"
on scrap wood
$110
CHICK IN CREAM
10" x 48"
on scrap wood
$110
WHITE "JUMP" ROOSTER
10" x 48"
on scrap wood
$110
CHICKEN ON MULTI-PINK
14" x 48"
on scrap wood
SOLD
CHICK IN YELLOW
10" x 48"
on scrap wood
SOLD
WHITE "JUMP" ROOSTER ON BLUE
10" x 48"
on scrap wood
SOLD
BLACK ROOSTER
10" x 48"
on scrap wood
SOLD
A PAIR OF CHICKENS
26" x 48"
on scrap wood
SOLD
PINK CHICKEN
10" x 20.5"
on scrap wood
SOLD
CHICKEN GOSSIP
23.5" x 11.25"
on scrap plywood
$90
WALDO
10" x 24.5"
on scrap wood
$90
PURPLE CHICKEN
10.75" x 26.75"
on scrap wood
$110
"Chicken Man"
Columbia, SC
3/7/2020
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