Blood (Donald Formey)

Portrait of a man in a hat and checkered suit holding a tambourine against a red background.

Barkley L. Hendricks (American, 1945–2017)
Blood (Donald Formey), 1975
Oil and acrylic on canvas
72 × 50 1/2 in. (182.9 × 128.3 cm)
Collection of Jimmy Iovine and Liberty Ross
© Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


Donald Formey was a student at Connecticut College. For this limited-palette painting, Hendricks altered the sitter’s clothes as he did in many of his portraits. Formey had worn jeans to model, but Hendricks painted him wearing plaid pants that matched the pattern of his jacket. Over the course of the sittings, Hendricks added the tambourine. Formey recounts that the artist gave him the instrument to pose with after he noticed him tapping his foot to the music playing in his studio.

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