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For almost two decades, Trenton Doyle Hancock has been constructing his own fantastical narrative that continues to develop and inform his prolific artistic output. Part fictional, part autobiographical, Hancock’s work pulls from his own personal experience, art historical canon, comics and superheroes, pulp fiction, and myriad pop culture references, resulting in a complex amalgamation of characters and plots possessing universal concepts of light and dark, good and evil, and all the grey in between.


Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as his use of color, language, and pattern—into opportunities to create new characters, 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. The resulting sprawling installations spill onto beyond the canvas edges and onto 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 also been translated through performance, even onto the stage in an original ballet, Cult of Color: Call to Color, commissioned by Ballet Austin, and through site-specific murals for the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX, and 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, at the time, becoming one of the youngest artists in history to participate in this prestigious survey. In 2014, his exhibition, Skin & Bones: 20 Years of Drawing, at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston traveled to Akron Art Museum, OH; Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; and Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, VA. His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa; The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah and Atlanta; The Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Institute for Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Olympic Sculpture Park at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; 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 Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, Fort Worth; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Akron Art Museum, Akron; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and il Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea, Trento, Italy. The recipient of numerous awards, Trenton Doyle Hancock lives and works in Houston.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Pandemic Pentameter
291 GRAND ST | OCT 21 - NOV 26
New York
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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 / Media
Articles / Reviews
The Paris Review
"Trenton Doyle Hancock: Pandemic Pentameter
Articles / Reviews
Hyperallergic
"ArtRx NYC: Fall Guide 2016"
Articles / Reviews
Art Ltd.
"Trenton Doyle Hancock." by Robert Boyd
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
"What Not to Miss at the Art Show at the Armory," by Martha Schwendener
Articles / Reviews
Hyperallergic
"Best of 2015: Our Top 20 NYC Art Shows"
Articles / Reviews
Momus
“Trenton Doyle Hancock Moves to Mythos at Sarasota’s Ringling Museum,” by Danny Olda
Articles / Reviews
Forbes
“Glimpse Inside the Mind of Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock at the Studio Museum in Harlem,” by Adam Lehrer
Articles / Reviews
Artnet
"Rage, Obsession, and Sexual Misadventure Dominate at Trenton Doyle Hancock's Studio Museum Survey," by Ben Davis
Articles / Reviews
Artinfo
Indrisek, Scott, “A Mound Grows in Harlem: Trenton Doyle Hancock at the Studio Museum,” by Scott Indrisek
Articles / Reviews
Artsy
"Trenton Doyle Hancock On 20 Years of His Fantastical Cartoon Drawings," by Heather Corcoran
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
“A Toxic Wasteland Called Home,” by Randy Kennedy
Articles / Reviews
The New Yorker
“Goings On About Town: This Week”
Articles / Reviews
Glasstire
"Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin & Bones at CAMH," by Katie Mulholland
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
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
A Sky Filled With Shooting Stars
"I Guess I'm Greedy!," by Robert Ayers
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
News
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Museum Exhibition
at Vancouver Art Gallery
November 5, 2016 to February 5, 2017
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Museum Exhibition
at the International Print Center, New York
October 1 - December 3, 2016
New York, NY
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Gallery Exhibition
Juxtapoz x Superflat
August 4 - 7, 2016
Seattle, Washington
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Museum Exhibition
Powerful Babies
September 25, 2015 - April 3, 2016
Stockholm, Sweden
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
September 11 - December 31, 2015
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Artist Talk/Lecture
September 1, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Artist Talk/Lecture
Studio Museum in Harlem
March 26, 2015, 7-9 PM
Harlem, New York
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
April 17 - September 13, 2015
Sarasota, Florida
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Museum Exhibition
January 9 - March 20, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
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Gallery Exhibition
Performance: 'Devotion'
December 11, 2014
Minneapolis, MN
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
September 6, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Akron, Ohio
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Videos
YouTube Video
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
April 26 - July 20, 2014
Houston, Texas
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
March 27 - June 29, 2014
New York, NY
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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
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
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
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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
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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
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Year: Pull
Etching on paper
image TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Year: A Tidy Sum. Merciless Is He
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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
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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
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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
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TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: The Legend Sweats and Bubbles
Copper plate line etching and open bite with aquatint and hand application of plastic cut outs