Ulon Fae Barnes

Ulon Fae Barnes

Cultural Artwork in Fayetteville, Arkansas

About the Work

Ulon Fae Barnes’ work spans over sixty years of America’s evolution and growth in recognizing issues of diversity. His work represents an iconic look at the cultural experience that highlights the hopes and struggles of Black artists in America, who during Fae’s lifetime mostly continue to remain invisible. Painting for Ulon Fae has never been about public display, but as a means to relax. His work captures and preserves the past and sets the stage to inspire our future artists of color.  


About the Artist

Ulon Fae Barnes born 1934 in Shiloh, south of Ozark, Arkansas has a family steeped in rich Arkansas history. He is the youngest of ten and a second generation descendant of freed slaves, Ira (I.D.) Carter and Mariah Bettis who became one of the area’s largest black landowners following the end of the Civil War. Fae’s formative years were also spent in Tyronza, Arkansas. He later attended vocational high school in Kansas City, Kansas and was a young sign painter before becoming interested in oil painting. Fae painted his first canvas in 1956 while stationed at the US Air Force base in Japan, which led to a span of paintings. A second Air Force stint landed Ulon Fae in Sacramento, California where he lived and continued to paint portraits of iconic cultural figures and landscapes for 33 years before retiring from Civil Service work in Oakland, California. After visiting several times, Ulon Fae, a native son, migrated back to Arkansas, moving to Fayetteville in 1989 to be closer to family. He continues to paint today.
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