Ernest Lee
Ernest Lee, known by everyone as "The 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. The 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 The 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 The 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
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WHITE ROOSTER
on scrap wood paneling
10" x 47.5"
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PINK ROOSTER
on scrap wood paneling
10" x 37"
$90
BLUE ROOSTER
on scrap wood paneling
10" x 37"
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BARN
25.5" x 21"
on scrap plywood
SOLD
YELLOW ROOSTER
on scrap plywood
12" x 30"
$90
CHICKEN IN YELLOW DRESS
on scrap plywood
12" x 30"
SOLD
BLACK ROOSTER
12" x 30"
on scrap plywood
$90
RED ROOSTER
(large)
12" x 30"
on scrap plywood
SOLD
CHICKEN IN
PINK DRESS
on scrap plywood
12" x 27.5"
$90
CHICK IN ORANGE DRESS
5.5" x 23"
on scrap wood paneling
$40
CHICK IN YELLOW DRESS
on scrap plywood
7.5" x 24"
$40
GREY ROOSTER
5.5" x 24"
on scrap wood paneling
$40
RED ROOSTER
(medium)
10.5" x 19"
on scrap plywood
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CHICKEN IN
RED DRESS
9.75" x 27"
on scrap plywood
$90
CHICK IN
RED DRESS
10.5" x 19"
on scrap plywood
$60
CHICK IN
DARK GREEN DRESS
10.5" x 19"
on scrap plywood
$60
CHICKEN IN
LIGHT GREEN DRESS
11.5" x 25"
on scrap plywood
SOLD
ORANGE ROOSTER
(medium)
10.5" x 19"
on scrap plywood
$60
ORANGE ROOSTER
(large)
on scrap plywood
12" x 30"
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These paintings are made on rough-cut scrap wood that is not necessarily straight or flat!