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Influenced equally by the history of painting as by the pulp imagery of pop-culture, Texas-born Trenton Doyle 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.  Hancock’s works are suffused with personal mythology presented at an operatic scale, often reinterpreting Biblical stories that the artist learned as a child from his family and church community.  His exuberant and subversive narratives employ a variety of cultural tropes, ranging in tone from comic-strip superhero battles to medieval morality plays and influenced in style by Hieronymus Bosch, Max Ernst, Henry Darger, Philip Guston and R. Crumb.  Text embedded within the paintings and drawings both drives the narrative and acts as a central visual component. Hancock's resulting installations often sprawl beyond canvas edges and onto surrounding gallery walls.

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Museum Exhibition
Trenton Doyle Hancock at the Akron Art Museum
Solo Exhibition
September 6, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Akron, Ohio
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News / Events
Trenton Doyle Hancock receives The Greenfield Prize
Hermitage Artist Retreat Award and Commission
December 31, 2012 - August 29, 2014
Sarasota, FL
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Gallery Exhibition
Trenton Doyle Hancock
...And Then It All Came Back To Me
November 08 - December 22, 2012
New York
image Trenton Doyle Hancock at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium
Commission
Trenton Doyle Hancock at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium
Permanent Mural Commission
February 28, 2010 - August 29, 2014
Arlington, TX
ArtworksThumbnails
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin’, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 84 x 132 x 3 inches

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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK It's Between You and the Dark What Happened in Central Park, 2013 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 30 x 24 1/2 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK The Den, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 84 x 132 x 3 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Plate of Shrimp, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 60 x 54 x 1 1/2 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Kept on Keeping On, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 60 x 60 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK As U Now Enliven A Test..., 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 24 x 24 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Waiting, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 30 x 24 1/2 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK No Gas: My First Italian Trip, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 18 x 14 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Portrait of the Artist Under Night, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 12 x 9 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK You're Unfortunate if You're Disproportionate so Stop Forcing it, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 24 x 24 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK With The Money I Have Left, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 12 x 16 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Quinton Trenton, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 18 x 14 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK 4 Hours in this Wretched Contraption, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 14 x 11 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK A Lateral Movement: Hit the Ground Punching, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 14 x 11 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK If You're Too Fat, You Should Buy Clothes That Fit, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 14 x 11 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK She'll Know Me When She Sees Me, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 14 x 18 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK The Moment of Truce, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 24 x 24 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK This is the Way, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 12 x 9 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK All Things Known and Nothing to Own, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 10 x 8 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK The Shame Game, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 12 x 9 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK The Loss of Lies Reossifies the Cross of Eyes, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 18 x 12 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK The Irreducible Crucible, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 18 x 12 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Dangerous Tores and Snares, 2012 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 18 x 14 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Fucht Law, 2010 Lithography, collage, pigment stained paper, pigmented paper pulp and STPI handmade paper 59 x 66 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Aboard, 2009 Screen print, collage, stencil shaped paper pulp and STPI handmade paper 59 x 66 1/8 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK The Year: A Tidy Sum. Merciless Is He, 2009 Etching on paper 28 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Meddler, 2008 Mixed media on paper 23 X 19 1/2 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Descension and Dissension, 2008 Mixed media with collage 96 X 96 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK The Bad Promise, 2008 Mixed media on canvas 84 X 108 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK A Hello Hollow Lullaby, 2008 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 60 1/2 X 61 X 2 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK A Tippy Head Run, 2008 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 60 1/2 X 61 X 2 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Crest of Civil Unrest, 2008 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 60 1/2 X 61 X 2 inches

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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK The Calm, 2008 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 60 X 60 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Vegans and Mounds in the Forest Production still from Ballet Austin's Cult of Color: Call to Color A collaboration by choreographer and Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills, visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock and composer Graham Reynolds Photo: Tony Spielberg
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Sesom and Painter's Duet Production still from Ballet Austin's Cult of Color: Call to Color A collaboration by choreographer and Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills, visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock and composer Graham Reynolds Photo: Tony Spielberg
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Sesom Production still from Ballet Austin's Cult of Color: Call to Color A collaboration by choreographer and Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills, visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock and composer Graham Reynolds Photo: Tony Spielberg
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Color Babies Production still from Ballet Austin's Cult of Color: Call to Color A collaboration by choreographer and Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills, visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock and composer Graham Reynolds Photo: Tony Spielberg
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Black Bhetto Production still from Ballet Austin's Cult of Color: Call to Color A collaboration by choreographer and Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills, visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock and composer Graham Reynolds Photo: Tony Spielberg
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Vegan Arm, 2006 Urethane, steel, string 84 X 108 X 9 inches Edition of 3
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK St. Sesom, 2006 Ink on paper 10 X 6 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Sesom's Dream, 2005 Mixed media on canvas 60 1/2 X 60 1/2 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Las Luces, Looses, and Losses, 2005 Mixed media on canvas 60 3/4 X 60 3/4 X 4 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK St. Sesom and the Cult of Color, 2005 Mixed media on paper 8 1/4 X 10 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Aborted But Beautiful, 2005 Mixed media on paper 10 1/2 X 11 3/4 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Miracle Machine #9 or The Furnace that Burned Together Goodness, 2005 Ink and acrylic paint on paper 10 X 9 1/4 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Vegans Do Their Dirtiest Work, 2002 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 16 X 20 inches
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK Cult Of Color, 2004 Mixed media on paper 28 1/4 X 25 inches
Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF
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Photograph: Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah.

Trenton Doyle Hancock’s intricate candy-colored prints, drawings, collaged felt paintings and site-specific installations work together to tell the story of the Mounds—a group of bizarre mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of the artist’s unfolding narrative between good and evil.  Storytelling is a central part of Hancock’s artistic practice.  Each new work serves as a contribution to the saga of the Mounds, portraying the birth, life, death, afterlife, and even dream states of these half-animal, half-plant creatures, and their aggressors, the Vegans.
 

Influenced equally by the history of painting as by the pulp imagery of pop-culture, 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.  Hancock’s works are suffused with personal mythology presented at an operatic scale, often reinterpreting Biblical stories that the artist learned as a child from his family and local church community.  His exuberant and subversive narratives employ a variety of cultural tropes, ranging in tone from comic-strip superhero battles to medieval morality plays and influenced in style by Hieronymus Bosch, Max Ernst, Henry Darger, Philip Guston and R. Crumb.  Text embedded within the paintings and drawings both drives the narrative and acts as a central visual component.  His resulting installations often sprawl beyond canvas edges and onto surrounding gallery walls.
 

As a whole, Hancock’s highly developed cast of characters acts out a complex mythological battle, creating an elaborate cosmology that embodies his unique aesthetic ideals, musings on color, language, emotions and ultimately, good versus evil.  Hancock’s mythology has been translated to the stage in an original ballet, Cult of Color: Call to Color, commissioned by Ballet Austin and created by Trenton Doyle Hancock, choreographer Stephen Mills and composer Graham Reynolds. The ballet performances debuted in Austin in April 2008.  He created an original mural for the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX, as well as a site-specific installation entitled, A Better Promise, at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA.

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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK, Sesom's Dream, 2005, mixed media on canvas, 60 1/2 X 60 1/2 inches

 

Trenton Doyle Hancock was born in 1974 in Oklahoma City, OK.  Raised in Paris, Texas, Hancock earned his BFA from Texas A&M University, Commerce and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia.  Hancock was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, becoming one of the youngest artists in history to participate in this prestigious survey.  His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Institute for Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa; The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah and Atlanta; The Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln; Canzani Center Gallery, The Columbus School of Art and Design, OH; Olympic Sculpture Park at the Seattle Art Museum, WA; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
 

Hancock’s work is in the permanent collections of several prestigious museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Columbus Museum of Art, OH; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill; Kemper Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX;  Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea, Trento, Italy; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; University of Texas at Austin Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, TX; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VA; Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University, Columbus; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Wichita State University, Ulrich Museum of Art, KS.  The recipient of numerous awards, Trenton Doyle Hancock lives and works in Houston, TX.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Trenton Doyle Hancock
...And Then It All Came Back To Me
November 08 - December 22, 2012
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Young Americans
美国青年 Trenton Doyle Hancock, Erick Swenson, and Alison Elizabeth Taylor
September 11 - November 15, 2009
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
The Tree
June 26 - August 30, 2009
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Trenton Doyle Hancock
FEAR
November 20, 2008 - January 10, 2009
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
MASK
December 13, 2007 - January 26, 2008
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Trenton Doyle Hancock
In The Blestian Room
March 04 - April 15, 2006
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Trenton Doyle Hancock
For a Floor of Flora
February 22 - March 29, 2003
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Trenton Doyle Hancock
The Legend is in Trouble
June 21 - July 28, 2001
New York
Press / MediaVideos
Articles / Reviews
Houston Chronicle
“Last call for ‘Skin and Bones’ at CAMH,” by Molly Glentzer
Articles / Reviews
Glasstire
"Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin & Bones at CAMH," by Katie Mulholland
Articles / Reviews
Artforum
"Trenton Doyle Hancock, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston," by Rachel Adams
Articles / Reviews
Modern Painters
“Studio Tracks: Trenton Doyle Hancock"
Articles / Reviews
Texas Monthly
“He’ll Always Have Paris,” by Jeff Salamon
Articles / Reviews
The Wall Street Journal
“His Own Private Mythology,” by Karen Wilkin
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
“GTT,” by Michael Hoinski
Articles / Reviews
Houston Chronicle
“Trenton Doyle Hancock’s drawings on view at CAMH,” by Molly Glentzer
Articles / Reviews
Houston Culture Map
“Houston's own It's A Small World ride: The Hermann Park train gets a new magical tunnel,” by Joel Luks
Articles / Reviews
365 Things To Do in Houston
“Discover ‘My Top 5’ with artist Trenton Doyle Hancock,” by Trenton Doyle Hancock
Articles / Reviews
Art At Bay
"Interview: Trenton Doyle Hancock" by Danny Olda
Articles / Reviews
Yahoo! News
“Celebrating Black History Month: African-American contemporary artists of note”
Articles / Reviews
The Believer
"The Process: In Which an Artist Discusses Making a Particular Work," by Scott Zieher
Articles / Reviews
ARTPULSE
"Trenton Doyle Hancock: Prayer Warrior," by David Humphrey
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Return to Reality: Q&A with Trenton Doyle Hancock," by Paola Ferrario
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
"An Artist’s New Direction and the Bathroom Tile" by Michael Hoinski
Articles / Reviews
Modern Painters
"Trenton Doyle Hancock" by Sarah Trigg
Articles / Reviews
A Sky Filled With Shooting Stars
"I Guess I'm Greedy!," by Robert Ayers
Articles / Reviews
Art21
Artist Videos
Articles / Reviews
D Magazine
"A Star Is Born at Cowboys Stadium," by Shawn Williams
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
"Art in Review: Trenton Doyle Hancock," by Roberta Smith
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Food for Thought," by Eleanor Heartney
Articles / Reviews
Beautiful Decay
"Trenton Doyle Hancock," by Jeanne Gerrity
Articles / Reviews
Smithsonian Magazine
"Mounds vs. Vegans," by Amy Crawford
Articles / Reviews
Dazed & Confused
"Weak Become Heroes: Trenton Doyle Hancock," by Francesa Gavin
News
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
September 6, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Akron, Ohio
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
April 26 - July 20, 2014
Houston, Texas
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Museum Exhibition
Permanent Children's Train Tunnel Installation
Inauguration: April 2014
Houston, TX
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
March 7 - June 8, 2014
Cleveland, OH
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Artist Talk/Lecture
Artist Talk
February 28, 2014
Kansas City, MO
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
January 3 - March 22, 2014
Louisville, KY
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
November 14, 2013 - March 9, 2014
New York, NY
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News / Events
Mar 28 - Apr 7, 2013 at AustinVentures StudioTheater
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News / Events
Hermitage Artist Retreat Award and Commission
Sarasota, FL
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News / Events
A Better Promise
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Commission
Permanent Mural Commission
Arlington, TX
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Artist Talk/Lecture
Artist Talk 艺术家座谈
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Commission
Story and visuals for contemporary ballet collaboration
Debut: April 3, 2008
Austin, TX
Books
image Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Wayward Thinker
Publication
Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Wayward Thinker
image Me a Mound
Publication
Me a Mound
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Editions
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Offering
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Offering
Etching, aquatint, spit bite aquatint, sulphurtint and STPI handmade paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Like a Thief in the Night; The Night Foot; We Done All We Could and None of It's Good, A Nocturne
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Like a Thief in the Night; The Night Foot; We Done All We Could and None of It's Good, A Nocturne
Aquatint and line etchings on Somerset paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: A Sweet Hell
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: A Sweet Hell
Etching, aquatint, spit bite aquatint, sulphurtint and STPI handmade paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Don't Happy Be Worried
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Don't Happy Be Worried
Etching and silkscreen on paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Days of Excess
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Days of Excess
Etching, silkscreen, and lithography on paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Glutton
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Glutton
Etching and silkscreen on paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Reduced Sensitivity
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Reduced Sensitivity
Etching and silkscreen on paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: A Stab in the Dark
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: A Stab in the Dark
Etching and silkscreen on paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Life Understanding
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Life Understanding
Etching and silkscreen on paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Year: Pitch Snow in Terrible Sheets
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Year: Pitch Snow in Terrible Sheets
Etching on paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Year: Voices of Rasp Ring Colors to Grasp
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Year: Voices of Rasp Ring Colors to Grasp
Etching on paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Year: Pull
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Year: Pull
Etching on paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Year: A Tidy Sum. Merciless Is He
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Year: A Tidy Sum. Merciless Is He
Etching on paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Year: The Greatest Love of All
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Year: The Greatest Love of All
Etching on paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Fooot
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Fooot
lithograph
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Wow That's Mean
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Wow That's Mean
Suite of 4 prints: etching on black paper with chine colle
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Fix
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Fix
Portfolio of 20 pages: etching, aquatint, chine colle, lithography, and silkscreen
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Betto and the Black Brain
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: Betto and the Black Brain
3-color screenprint
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Ossified Theosophied
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Ossified Theosophied
Set of 8 color etchings
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Legend Sweats and Bubbles
Edition
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Legend Sweats and Bubbles
Copper plate line etching and open bite with aquatint and hand application of plastic cut outs