Log In

Barkley Leonnard Hendricks Edit Profile

artist , educator

Barkley L. Hendricks is a contemporary American painter who has made pioneering contributions to black portraiture and conceptualism.


Hendricks, Barkley Leonnard was born on April 16, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Barkley H. and Ruby Arlene (Powell) Hendricks.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Yale University. Master of Fine Arts, Yale University, 1972.


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. He frequently painted black Americans against monochrome interpretations of urban northeastern American backdrops.

Hendricks’ work has been noted as unique for its matrimony of both American realism and post-modernism. Hendricks has even stood alongside his subjects and has featured himself in works, like in Slick(Self portrait), 1977 where he paints himself nude in response to an art critics comments on his show. 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.

Hendricks is Professor Emeritus of Studio Art at Connecticut College since 1972. Hendricks' work can be viewed in many public institutions, including the National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. Hendricks' first career painting retrospective, titled Hendricks: Birth of the Cool, with works dating from 1964 to present, was organized by Trevor Schoonmaker at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in spring 2008, 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 Houston.

Hendricks's work was featured on the cover of the April 2009 issue of Artforum Magazine, with an extensive review of Hendricks: Birth of the Cool. Hendricks is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. Hendricks's work is represented in a number of major museum collections, including the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


  • Certified Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, 1967.


Married Susan Patricia Weig, April 2, 1983.

Barkley H. Hendricks

Ruby Arlene (Powell) Hendricks

Susan Patricia Weig