Barkley Hendricks


Barkley Hendricks

Dexter Gordon
18 x 15 inches
Printed by The Brodsky Center; 2008

Edition of 20 


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. He was for many years a professor of art at Connecticut College and his work is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.

Hendricks’ first career painting retrospective, “Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool,” was organized by Trevor Schoonmaker at the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University in 2008 and traveled to the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. Hendricks’s work was featured on the cover of the April 2009 issue of Artforum Magazine, with an extensive review of “Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool.” Hendricks is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. 


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