The Easel

Remembering Barkley L. Hendricks, Master of Black Postmodern Portraiture

Travelling in Europe as an undergrad Hendricks fell in love with the Great Masters. This flavours his emotionally resonant portraits of well-dressed black figures which have made him a “pillar of postmodern portraiture”. Hendricks denied his art had a political motivation. “I’m just trying to do the best painting of the individuals who have piqued my curiosity and made me want to paint them.” An excellent video (4 min) is here.