Ernest Lee

Ernest LeeWhen I opened the gallery and needed to come up with a logo, I pulled out a favorite I had been keeping for some time but never had the opportunity to use. I just liked the image of a chicken man. So, naturally when it came time to name the web site- Chickenman came to mind. Flash forward a little, and people kept coming in and asking to see my Chicken Man art. So, I had to tell the story...and they left.

Turns out they were referring to Ernest Lee, known to many as the Funky Chicken Man. Well, I finally got to meet him, and he is a delight. We visit a couple times a year, and I bring back a selection for the gallery so I am never in a position to say I don't have any Chicken Man art.

Ernest Lee began painting around age five. Currently he sets up his portable studio by the side of a road in Columbia, SC. When he's not there, he is attending one of the many art festivals he participates in throughout the year. He says he's painted 11,000 pieces in the last 8 years. He paints more than chickens, but they are the subject that people see and instantly recognize "Chicken Man" art.
Large, Framed & Random Sizes

Large, Framed & Random Sizes

Small Works

Small Works

The New Size

The New Size


Featured Products

  • Ernest Lee 24x24 Dancing Chicken OP63

    Those of you who know the work will understand that measurements vary from panel to panel, as does the quality of the board used. Sometimes you'll find small blades of grass as part of the piece - not a purposeful addition - that's what happens as Ernest Lee paints and tosses his work to dry on the ground. If you expect a pristine, perfectly straight and smoothly cut piece of wood, you may want to consider another artist. Just say'n.

    This piece measures about 24.5" x 24".

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    Ships for $20. We ship with a tracking number so you know it's coming and we know it got there. In the event you purchase more than one item during a visit, and they will travel safely together, we'll credit your card the difference between the amount our cart automatically charges per item and the actual combined shipping. This painting can only be combined with another similar in size.
    $115.00
  • Ernest Lee 38x18 Crab OP102

    Those of you who know the work will understand that measurements vary from panel to panel, as does the quality of the board used. Sometimes you'll find small blades of grass as part of the piece - not a purposeful addition - that's what happens as Ernest Lee paints and tosses his work to dry on the ground. If you expect a pristine, perfectly straight and smoothly cut piece of wood, you may want to consider another artist. Just say'n.

    This piece measures about 38" wide x 18.25" long. On thin board.

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    See Ernest Lee New Size panels

    Ships for $14. We ship with a tracking number so you know it's coming and we know it got there. In the event you purchase more than one item during a visit, and they will travel safely together, we'll credit your card the difference between the amount our cart automatically charges per item and the actual combined shipping. This painting can only be combined with another similar in size.

    $135.00
  • Ernest Lee Small Chicken Painting OP22R

    Ernest Lee's small paintings are perfect little gifts! We find that one of those wire plate hangers (you know - the things that you use to hang up one of those decorative plates) works perfect for hanging them on the wall. Or use a small easel to sit on a shelf or side table.

    Now that Ernest Lee is making his new size, the small sizes vary quite a bit but average 6"W x 8"T. But again they vary, and there are so many, and they sell so quickly I made the decision not to measure every single one. If it is important to you that you know the measurement, please call or use the Contact Us option.

    Not to sound like a broken record - but if you are familiar with Ernest Lee's work, well you know what to expect. If you are not familiar with it - but expect a smooth, straight cut piece, then perhaps you will be happier viewing another artist. Just say'n.

    See All Ernest Lee small paintings
    See Ernest Lee large and specialty paintings
    See Ernest Lee New Size Panels

    Ships for $5. Should you purchase more than one item during a visit, we will credit your card with the difference between what the cart will charge you (per item) automatically and the actual combined shipping once the package is prepared and the amount known.
    $20.00
  • Ernest Lee 11x38 Panel OP88 TU BOTH SOLD

    I've just returned from a visit with Ernest Lee with a bunch of new pieces. Due to the number, it is most prudent for me - time wise - to photograph in groups. If you require additional photos before making a decision, please "Contact Us"

    Those of you who know the work will understand measurements vary from panel to panel, as does the quality of the board used. Sometimes you'll find small blades of grass as part of the piece - not a purposeful addition - that's what happens as Ernest Lee paints and tosses his work to dry on the ground.

    If you expect a pristine, perfectly straight and smoothly cut piece of wood, you may want to consider another artist. Just say'n.

    On this visit there were not any "standard" sizes, so I have tried to group the pieces. The average size in this group is runs from 10' to 11" wide and 38" long." If the exact size is important to you, please contact us and we will measure the piece that interests you.

    OP88T is on thick board, OP88U is on thin board.

    OP88U is SOLD

    See All Ernest Lee small paintings
    See Ernest Lee large and specialty paintings
    See Ernest Lee New Size Paintings

    Ships for $12. Should you purchase more than one item during a visit, we will credit your card with the difference between what the cart will charge you (per item) automatically and the actual combined shipping once the package is prepared and the amount known.

    $75.00