presented by

You're currently not signed in.  

Join now free Sign in  
Editorial: Recommendations
< Return

Trenton Doyle Hancock
Art League Houston, Houston, Texas
Recommendation by Donna Tennant


Trenton Doyle Hancock, "Becoming the Toymaker, Phase 27 or 41," 2017, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 24 x 24". Courtesy of Trenton Doyle Hancoc and James Cohan Gallery, New York. Photo: Tom Dubrock

Continuing through November 17, 2017

As Art League Houston’s 2017 Artist of the Year, Trenton Doyle Hancock is being honored with an exhibition of paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints dating back 20 years. The location of the show was moved to the former Rice University Art Gallery while Art League Houston repairs damage from Hurricane Harvey. Hancock is well known and widely admired for the imaginative worlds and fantastic characters he has been developing since childhood. His highly personal mythology encompasses art and art history, superheroes, pop culture, graphic novels, horror movies, science fiction and Bible stories. Hancock’s major theme is man’s battle against evil, which exists both within him and all around him. The show includes intricately detailed drawings and prints, colorful patterned paintings, sketchbooks, helmet-like sculptures, and text painted on the walls. But Hancock is first and foremost a draftsman, and drawing is the foundation for all his work.

Hancock’s work is dominated by the “Mounds,” progressive and civilized creatures who are attacked and tortured by “Vegans” who live under the earth and represent oppression. His characters include superhero Torpedo Boy, an alter ego who tries to protect the Mounds, and Junior Mound, Bringback, Baby Curt, and Shy Jerry. “Bringback Figure Mask, Textiles” is a black and white fur-covered head of a humanoid who abducts people and brings them to Junior Mound for consumption. In “Miracle Machine #1, or Vegan Made Moundmeat Fountain,” the Vegans are triumphing over the Mounds, as a fountain of blood is surrounded by the terrifying creatures.

As a student at Texas A&M University at Commerce in the mid-1990s, Hancock worked as a cartoonist for the school newspaper and was influenced by graphic artists, illustrators and cartoonists at the school, including Lee Baxter Davis, Gary Panter and Jack Unruh. Following an increased interest in painting, Hancock attended Temple University in Philadelphia for his MFA and was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial. His 2014 drawing retrospective at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston featured 200 drawings, covering the walls from floor to ceiling. This mini-retrospective is also displayed salon-style, and the cumulative detail is astounding. Social commentary, good versus evil, humor — it’s all there and then some.

Art League Houston

Galleries & Museums
Complete guide to fine art venues of the Western United States
By venue name:
# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | ALL
Arizona Nevada New Mexico Texas Utah Colorada Wyoming Idaho Montana Oregon Washington Southern California Northern California Illinois






Galleries & Museums
View each day's exhibition openings and special events
© 2017 Visual Art Source. All Rights Reserved.

Web Analytics