Blog / The Barkley L. Hendricks influence


By Wendy

Beloved American artist Barkley L. Hendricks has long influenced young artists with his rich oil portraits and photographs.
It’s always exciting to hear about new and emerging artists who are inspired by Barkley.
The Financial Times recently featured Lynette
Yiadom-Boakye, a British artist of Ghanaian ancestry whose solo show is on view at the Studio Museum in Harlem. (Fans will remember that Barkley’s solo show travelled there from the Nasher Museum in 2008.) Writer Ariella Budick makes a direct comparison between Lynette and Barkley:
“Yiadom-Boakye’s lush, seductive textures and nocturnal hues, and the imposing presence of her imaginary subjects give these huge canvases a potency that goes beyond mere polemic. For decades, the painter Barkley Hendricks has endowed friends and acquaintances with the monumental dignity of Holbein potentates. Like him, Yiadom-Boakye not only deconstructs and criticises the tradition of portraiture; she celebrates, reclaims, and adds to it.”

Read more:

“Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Any Number of Preoccupations” is on view at the Studio Museum through March 13.

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