Heyd Fontenot

b. 1964, Lake Charles, LA

Heyd Fontenot, Dennis (Blue and Orange), 2011
pencil and ink on paper, 9 x 7 inches
selected work
artist website

Heyd Fontenot was born in 1964; Lake Charles LA; he currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. He received a BFA in Graphic Design from Lousiana Tech (1986) and studied Radio and Television Production at UT Austin (1989-1991). Fontenot makes graphite and ink portraits of friends and acquaintances, creating an intimate, benign world where people float and perform cheerfully while unabashedly nude. With a limited palette and minimal ornamentation, bursts of color or a pale hint of a wooded backdrop are the only distractions from the figure's fixed gaze. Fontenot's work was included in 2005 group show “Contemporary Erotic Drawing” which was on view at Diverseworks, Houston and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield CT. Recent exhibitions include East Meets West: Louie Cordero and Heyd Fontenot at Art Palace in Austin, Texas.

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