Gay black artist that paints black people
Last week, word filtered through the art world that the year-old artist Barkley L. Go visit a museum today and look at a painting of black subjects. In the acrylic nude, Hendricks stands against a black monochrome backdrop, toothpick in mouth, hand on his thigh, wearing a hat, socks, and sneakers, with his dick exposed. Over his shoulders is a cape. Taylor appears to be floating above it all—blackness and gayness—against a blueish-gray background that compliments his ebony body. His eyes, behind a pair of groovy frames, look directly at the viewer, subverting the consuming and fetishistic gaze.
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Barkley L. Hendricks Painted Black People as We Are
But even with that narrowed scope, it can be tough to identify gay artists. Even in the supposedly liberal art world, homophobia still rears its ugly head. His dark, sombre portraits brood over the themes of male identity, isolation, the passage of time and death. We especially love his many paintings of popes trapped in space cages, screaming and surrounded by sides of beef.