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Hendricks was born in Detroit, and grew up on radical labor and civil rights politics; blues, jazz, soul, folk, rock; great lakes; and the Diego Rivera dominated Detroit Institute of Art. He began oil painting at age nine. Subsequently he earned degrees in fine art and psychology. During the mid-seventies he arrived on the left coast from Ann Arbor Michigan. In San Francisco, Hendricks was intimately involved with early adaptation of innovations in public information, education, animation, web technology, and user-centered design. He has resided in Oakland for the past 25 years, where he continues to work in visual media.

Over the past 40 years Hendricks has worked on his Five Decades project; an ongoing series of large-scale collages, each created at the end of the previous decade. This interwoven series forms a complex personal statement of his time. Together they draw a powerful line through a 50-year expanse of the past into the future.

Hendricks animated a series of four 7-minute 3D videos on economics education. One video, "Spending = Q x P", is on the SIGGRAPH '92 Video Review which is part of the UCLA Film Archives. He conceptualized and produced an online rare American Currency Exhibit. Hendricks developed interactive touch-screen kiosks. He art directed, designed, and illustrated many award winning Annual Reports.

Hendricks is experienced on a variety of complex software and hardware configurations. His expertise encompasses software technology, broadcast quality video, digital networking, web based environments, emerging media and visual communication.

Hendricks believes that as we become one with our images, our future and past move closer together.  He continues to explore these entry points into understanding by mapping our evolving narratives. Hendricks says, I like to watch light splash and catch it when I can.

Recent Exhibitions

2018 Repeat Until You Puke, collage on building blocks, The Center for Contemporary Political Art, Washington D.C.

2017 Repeat Until You Puke, collage on building blocks, Jury Award, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro MA

2017 Repeat Until You Puke, collage on building blocks, Pro Arts, Oakland CA

2016 Dreaming of Forests Past environmental intervention, National Forest, Dinkey Creek CA

2016 Uncivilized, altered book, Montclair Library, Oakland CA

2015 Birdman in the Forest environmental intervention, National Forest, Dinkey Creek CA

2014 It Is In Anguish That People Get Consciousness Of Freedom, photocopy print edition, LA Print Space, Los Angeles CA

2013 Occupy the Forest and Man in the Forest, environmental interventions, ARTslant Street, Santa Fe NM

2013 Transcendence: Pre-eminent Over Aristotelian Categories, and The Legendary Valentine, collages, CK Gallery, Oakland CA

2013 Transcendence: Pass Beyond Human Limit, collage, Pro Arts, Oakland CA

2012 48 Views But Only Two Choices, collage on building blocks, Pro Arts, Oakland CA

2012 Isis, Oil and acrylic painting, College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach CA

2012 Existential Series, photocopy collages, Gaskill Gallery, Oakland CA

2011 Occupy Planet Earth, collage, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA

2011 Neo-Expressionist Paintings, ERA Art Bar, Oakland CA

2011 Five Decades, ongoing series of large-scale collages, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT.

2010 Powell and California, oil and acrylic painting, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, SF, CA

2009 Powell and California, oil and acrylic painting, People's Bank of China, Xian, China


Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan: BFA, studio arts, minor in Philosophy.

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California: BA & postgraduate studies, Humanistic Psychology.

University of California Extension, Berkeley, California: Computer Graphics, Graphic Design

Member: ACM SIGGRAPH since 1986, ASIFA since 1988.

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