Heyd Fontenot

b. 1964, Lake Charles, LA

Heyd Fontenot, Joel, Head of (Blue/Orange/Red), 2011
pencil and ink on paper, 9 x 7 inches
selected work
artist website


    Heyd Fontenot (born 1964, Lake Charles, LA) received a BFA in Graphic Design from Lousiana Tech (1986) and studied Radio and Television Production at the University of Texas at 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 solo exhibitions include KULT KLASSIC, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX (2016); The Very Queer Portraits of Heyd Fontenot, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, FL (2012); and It’s A Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude World, Inman Gallery (2011). Fontenot lives and works in Dallas, TX.

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