Heyd Fontenot



"The paintings and drawings are essentially portraits, despite the frequent inclusion of embellishment or exaggeration. Using my friends as models allows me to meditate on their individual qualities and uniqueness.  By endeavoring to record the spark that initiated and perpetuates my bond with the subjects, I search for the physical and non-physical information that allows for a sense of intimacy.  These same models are also utilized as characters in more general and abstract narratives about the human condition and our common, universal struggles.  I'm engaged in an extremely elemental form of play, constructing scenarios that illustrate an internal mythology. Within my work, the dichotomous topics of morality, spirituality and sexuality are wrestled and revisited."

- Heyd Fontenot, 2006

VIDEO: Heyd Fontenot on Artist Talk, produced by the Tulsa Artist Fellowship

Conduit Gallery Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions/Residencies:

  • 2018    Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Tulsa, OK
  • 2017     Artpace International Artist in Residence, San Antonio, TX (solo)
  • 2016     Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX (solo)
  • 2014     Mountain View College, Dallas, TX
  • 2014     The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX
  • 2013    Lovey Town, Madison, WI 
  • 2013    The Wrong Store, Marfa, TX
  • 2013    Texas Biennial, Austin, TX
  • 2012    Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
  • 2012    Imogen Holloway Gallery, Saugertts, NY
  • 2012    James Baird, Newfoundland, Canada
  • 2011    Greg Kuchera Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2011    Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 2011    Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
  • 2011    University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • 2009    New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in Print, Boston, MA (Cover Image)
  • 2009    Texas Biennial, Austin, TX
  • 2008    Texas Biennial, Austin, TX
  • 2007    The Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2007    Green Papaya Art Projects, Manilla, the Philippines
  • 2007    Texas Biennial, Okay Mountain, Austin, TX 
  • 2006    Mulcahy Modern, Dallas, TX 
  • 2006    James Baird, Newfoundland, Canada 
  • 2006    Volitant Gallery, Austin, TX 
  • 2005    Inman Gallery, Houston, TX 
  • 2005    The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT 
  • 2005    Diverseworks, Houston, TX 
  • 2003    Disjecta Gallery , Portland, Oregon
  • 2003    Lawndale Art Center, Suite Pink, Houston, Texas
  • 2002    Bumberbiennial, Seattle, WA    
  • 2002    The Nashoba Institute, Washington, D.C.