Trenton Doyle Hancock:
Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series
American artist Trenton Doyle Hancock has been influenced equally by the history of painting as well as by the pulp imagery of pop-culture through comics, graphic novels, cartoons, music and film.
Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as the use of color, language and pattern—into opportunities to build narrative, develop sub-plots and convey symbolic meaning. Storytelling is a central part of Hancock’s artistic practice and for almost two decades he has developed an epic narrative surrounding the “Mounds” and a cast of colorful—and often not so colorful—characters who populate a wildly fantastic, invented landscape. He will be discussing his studio practice and work within the context of this ongoing saga of the Mounds and the world he has created.
Hancock has been the recipient of numerous awards and his work is in the permanent collections of many prestigious museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA. Trenton Doyle Hancock lives and works in Houston, Texas.
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Trenton Doyle Hancock was brought up in Paris, Texas and studied at East Texas State University (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and Tyler School of Art at Temple Philadelphia (Master of Fine Arts). Hancock lives and works in Houston, Texas.
His works were featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, making him one of the youngest artists in history to participate in this prestigious survey. His works have been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including The Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro (2010); Institute for Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (2008); the Olympic Sculpture Park at the Seattle Art Museum (2010); The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2007); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2007); the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2001); The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2003). Hancock’s public works include site-specific installations at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park and Houston’s Hermann Park.
2008 saw the premier of Cult of Color: Call to Color, an original ballet commissioned by Ballet Austin and based entirely on the narrative and characters developed by Hancock.
Hancock’s works are in the permanent collections of several prestigious museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; il Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea, Trento, Italy, among others.
He is currently preparing for a forthcoming retrospective at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Massachusetts.
Trenton Doyle Hancock: Retrospective at MoCA, ©MoCA
Trenton Doyle Hancock giving an impromptu drumming performance for VCUarts Qatar students