Barkley L. Hendricks



Barkley L. Hendricks (April 16, 1945 – April 18, 2017) was a contemporary American painter who made pioneering contributions to black portraiture and conceptualism. While he worked in a variety of media and genres throughout his career (from photography to landscape painting), Hendricks' best known work took the form of life-sized painted oil portraits of Black Americans.

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Film and audio


Barkley L. Hendricks: 'I want to be memorable'

The American painter creates realist and post-modern portraits of people living in urban areas


Unlock Art: A Brief History of Art Undressed

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The Painting

Anna Arabindan-Kesson

Anna Arabindan-Kesson analyses Family Jules: NNN (No Naked Niggahs) 1974 by Barkley L. Hendricks through a range of aesthetic discourses ...

Family Jules: NNN (No Naked Niggahs) 1974 by Barkley L. Hendricks

Anna Arabindan-Kesson

Offering the first in-depth study of this key nude portrait by Barkley L. Hendricks, this In Focus is enriched throughout ...

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