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For the past 40 years, Barnes pieces have been included in galleries and museum exhibitions all across the country. His work has attracted artists and connoisseurs of all ages however, it has remained relatively unknown to the art community. Barnes work is mostly unknown due to his combination of literary and psychological references with a style that unlike any other.
From 1952-1956, Barnes attended the School of the Art Institute and the University of Chicago where he obtained his BFA's from both schools. During his time at school, Barnes participated in the 1952 Exhibition Momentum. At this exhibition he met Alan Frumkin, which was the start of a long relationship between the two.
His work includes:
- Laugh of the Week (1947–1948)
- Laff of the Week (1949–1970)
- Double-Take (1952–1958)
- The Better Half (1956–1972).
He received the National Cartoonists Society Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for The Better Half in 1958.
Barnes is married to his wife Nancy Morgan. The two have been married for 29 years. They moved from southern Indiana to the coast of Maine and live in a hundred and eighty year old sea captain's house.
- "Robert Barnes". Corbett vs. Dempsey. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, CA: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1.
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