Sedrick Huckaby is an American contemporary artist whose practice explores themes of community, faith, and tradition through painting. Within oil painting, Huckaby seeks to reveal the Afro-American cultural landscape of his own community by creating connections between the past and the present. In his portraits, his Texan background is often a reference, both conceptually and pictorially which investigates the cultural link between his subjects and himself.
By looking to create connections between the past and the present, he often uses spaces and objects, particularly quilts, to represent the interwoven stories that exist through time. Through his technique, his portraits create seemingly unfinished impressions of characters whose stories ask to be narrated. Furthermore, Huckaby’s work explores how social conditions can influence art production itself. Often collaborating with his wife Letitia, Huckaby’s work has expanded beyond figurative representation and towards activist-oriented projects that include printmaking, sculpture, education, among other activities.
Sedrick Huckaby, was born in Fort Worth, Texas, US, in 1975. He attended Texas Wesleyan University where he studied under Ron Tomlinson and Jack Barnett. He transferred to Boston University, and received his MFA from Yale University in 1999. Huckaby has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a Guggenheim award, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and a Lewis Comfort Tiffany Award. His works are in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, African American Museum, Dallas, Texas; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; among others.