Barkley L. Hendricks, one of America’s preeminent painters, will be remembered this millennium and beyond. And thanks to the art triennial, Prospect.4, the City of New Orleans is enriched with the recently departed genius’ paintings now. The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is currently showing a couple dozen of Barkley L. Hendrick’s “bold, life-sized portraits, primarily of African Americans, crisply silhouetted against monochromatic backgrounds.”

Curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, Artistic Director of Prospect.4, these Hendricks paintings explore the artist’s relationship to color. According to Naima J. Keith, “…[Hendrick’s] relationship to color remains largely unexplored. The bold, bright colors he consistently used not only function as an aesthetic element in his work but also open the doors to perception, constituting an idea in themselves.”

The exhibit at NOMA will run through February 25, 2018. The Prospect.4 triennial aligns with the city’s tricentennial celebration. For other Prospect.4 exhibitions, please visit their website here.

Below is a sampling of Barkley L. Hendrick’s paintings on display at NOMA until February 25th.

“Brenda’s Sister, Barbara Jean,” 1977

“Yocks,” 1975, Acrylic on Canvas

“Blood (Donald Formey),” 1975, Oil & Acrylic on Cotton Canvas, 72 x 50 ½ IN

“Woody,” 1973, Oil & Acrylic on Canvas, 66.8× 84.8 IN

“Innocence & Friend,” 1977, Oil and Aluminum Leaf on Canvas, in two parts

“Pretty Peggy’s Black Box,” 1976, Oil, Acrylic and Magna on Canvas, 66 x 48 IN

“Photo Bloke,” 2016, Oil & Acrylic on Linen, 72 x 48 IN