Ghetto Paintings- Oil Paintings created
by a skinny,
black ghetto teenager and aspiring artist (Jimmy Walker) on the sitcom GOOD
TIMES/CBS/1974-79. "J.J." lives
with his family in Apartment 17-C at the
Cabrini Green Housing Project, a
high-rise tenement on the South side of Chicago, Illinois (Phone:
555-8264). He shares his home with his
father, James Evans, his mother, Florida Evans, his older sister Thelma,
ands his younger brother, Michael.
Their neighbor across the halls is Winona
Woods. Nathan Buchman (a.k.a. "Buffalo Butt") is the building
JJ's catchphrase is
He uses the phrase to describe himself, as well as situations. The
phrase was first heard on the second episode when J.J. had a run in with
the police and said "They knew they were in trouble once they realized
they were dealing with Kid ...DY-NO-MITE!"
The paintings seen on the series, however,
were actually painted by artist Ernie Barnes, a
former AFL offensive guard whose street and
sports influenced canvases have been displayed
from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles.
James "JJ" Evans, Jr.
Show's dealing with JJ's Paintings
"Black Jesus" - JJ paints a portrait of Black Jesus
(that resembles Ned the Wino) and soon a lucky streak hits the
Evans family, but mother Florida Evans refuses to believe their
good luck comes from the painting.
||"My Son the Lover" - A
girl at school wants JJ to paint her picture and he mistakenly
thinks her request means she's interested in him.
||"The Nude" - JJ is hired
to paint the portrait of a nude woman (for her husband) - in the
Evans apartment. Not surprisingly, his mother, Florida objects,
and the painting ends up being done in a bathing suit.
||"The Mural" - JJ is
commissioned to paint a mural for a bank, but unsatisfied with
the final mural, they refuse to pay his $250 fee - money he
needs to pay for Selma's college tuition.
||"Sweet Daddy Williams" -
In exchange for his own art show display, JJ agrees to paint the
girlfriend of local hood.
||"JJ & the Older Woman" -
An older woman admires JJ's talent as a painter and soon pursues
||"The Art Contest" - JJ
forgets his own painting entry for a local competition and
enlists the aide of Bookman to retrieve it for him. But Bookman
takes the wrong painting and submits it as JJ's - who then wins
||"The End of the Rainbow" -
JJ gets offered a job with a comic company as a graphics