Sedrick Huckaby: Our Lamentations

In Sedrick Huckaby’s series Our Lamentations, the artist has created new visual vocabularies that hold space for the experiences of grief unique to Black communities disproportionately impacted by generations of social injustice. In Huckaby’s sustained close attention to the lives and stories of his family, friends, and neighbors, the artist’s work asks viewers to contend with loss, life, and their complex coexistence.

Sedrick Huckaby
Still Standing, 2020
Oil on canvas panel, newspaper and wood pulp over wire armature, wood planks, nails, 3-part
76h x 50w x 24 1/2d inches
Sedrick Huckaby
A Living Sacrifice, 2021
Newspaper pulp
72h x 31w x 38d inches
Sedrick Huckaby
Estuary, 2020
Oil on canvas and Paper Mache
Painting: 72h x 48w inches
Sculpture: 65 1/2h x 48w x 35d inches
Sedrick Huckaby
Connection, 2020
Oil on canvas, wood, newspaper pulp
Painting: 72h x 48w inches
Sculpture: 43h x 28w x 19d inches
Sedrick Huckaby
Gone But Not Forgotten: Momma, 2019, 2019
Oil and charcoal on canvas on panel, hand-made artist frame
71 3/4h x 47 1/2w inches
Sedrick Huckaby
Never Forgotten Daddy, 2022
Oil on canvas on panel
74h x 51 1/4w x 3 3/4d inches
Sedrick Huckaby
Sha Sha Gone But Not Forgotten, 2017
Oil on canvas
72h x 36w inches
Sedrick Huckaby’s paintings, drawings, and sculpture metaphorically express universal themes of faith, family, community, and heritage. Huckaby focuses on the subjects of quilts and portraits in his quest to glorify everyday people.  Huckaby states, “I believe my paintings are done in a language more closely in tune with my soul than the language of my tongue.” Huckaby is known for his monumental scale of painting, with his largest painting thus far being his 80 foot long, four-part painting, A Love Supreme, painted over a period of eight years, for which Huckaby was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Huckaby is also the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, an honorable mention award winner in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and a 2019 finalist. Additionally, he is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell foundation grant, Elizabeth Greenshield Award, and was the Texas State Artist for 2018. After earning a BFA at Boston University in 1997, and an MFA from Yale University in 1999, he participated in the Provencetown Fine Arts Work Center residency and traveled the U.S. and Europe studying old master paintings. When he returned to the U.S. Huckaby settled into his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, where he was born in 1975. Since returning home, he has been invited to participate in a number of residencies and fellowships including a Davison Family Fellowship from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Elaine De Kooning House Residency and the Art for Change Residency in New Delhi, India. Huckaby’s work has entered the permanent collections of numerous museums and institutions including the American Embassy in Namibia; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, CT; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is married to artist Letitia Huckaby and is the father of three children, Rising Sun, Halle Lujah and Rhema Rain Huckaby.