Barkley Hendricks Dexter Gordon
18" x 15" Digital print
Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions
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Barkley L. Hendricks is a contemporary American painter who has made pioneering contributions to black portraiture and conceptualism. While he has worked in a variety of media and genres throughout his career (from photography to landscape painting), Hendricks' best known work takes the form of life-sized painted oil portraits. In these portraits, he attempts to imbue a proud, dignified presence upon his subjects, most frequently urban people of color. Hendricks’ work has been noted as unique for its matrimony of both American realism and post-modernism.
Hendricks earned his certificate at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Yale University. Currently, he serves as a professor of art at Connecticut College.
Hendricks' work can be viewed in many public institutions, including the National Gallery of Art, the Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. Hendricks' first career painting retrospective, with works dating from 1964 to present, was organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in spring 2008, and is traveling on to the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.