contemporary art

Trenton Doyle Hancock/ Trenton Doyle Hancock

United States 1974

Installation, Painting, Prints, Drawing

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Trenton Doyle Hancock
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Male
United States
1974

The space of the canvas truly is an endless field, and artists have been filling it with scenes and themes ranging from the cruelest reality to the wildest dreams. Finding his inspiration both in grounded thought and imagination, Trenton Doyle Hancock mixes pop culture imagery, Biblical stories and some storytelling of his own to unveil an allegorical tale of Mounds and Vegans. Dealing with the oppositions of stability and its disturbance, life and death, reality and dream, Hancock continues to develop the narrative in vivid depictions that often stretch beyond the boundaries of the canvas.

Trenton Doyle Hancock mixes pop culture imagery, Biblical stories and some storytelling of his own

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Trenton Doyle Hancock – Referee, 2014

Mounds Versus Vegans

What lies at the center of Trenton Doyle Hancock’s practice is the narrative, a story that has been developing through a number of his works and keeps to do so with each new one. The protagonists of the story created by the artist are known as Mounds, mythical creatures with physical features of both animals and plants that serve as good-doers of Earth. Opposing the stability that they represent are the skeletal-like Vegans, constantly conflicting and battling for supremacy. The struggle that permeates the ongoing narrative, much like many of the sub-plots depicted in his works, is symbolic, speaking of the discord and hostility existing between humans. By reinterpreting old fables and contemporary ideology, Hancock tells a story that is close to and easily connectable with the people of today.

Hancock tells a story that is close to and easily connectable with any modern mind

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Trenton Doyle Hancock – I Know Just How You Feel, 2015

Drawing out of Many Sources

In order to continue the story and create his detailed pieces, Trenton Doyle Hancock utilizes several different sources material. His stunning paintings, drawings, and prints can be visually related to the pulp imagery of pop culture, whereas the narrative often draws out of Biblical stories that the artist had heard as a child. The written word plays a centripetal role in his works, tending to sprawl beyond the confinements of the canvas and onto the gallery walls. Combining all of these components with his imagination and a skillful hand, Hancock has made a unique tale that he keeps building upon in his artistic practice. With an apparent symbolical influence in the contemporary world, it has even been translated to the ballet floor, executed as Cult of Color: Call to Color.

Hancock has made a unique tale that he keeps building upon as his practice progresses

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Left: Trenton Doyle Hancock – The Calm, 2008 / Right: Trenton Doyle Hancock – Crest of Civil Unrest, 2008

Ongoing Conflict

Alluding to the ever present conflict that exists within the human society, Trenton Doyle Hancock’s allegorical pieces, although standing as a fable of their own, each portrays a part of a bigger story in a vivid manner. Featuring fictional, mythical creatures in an array of colors, words, shapes, and forms, he even made himself a part of the tale as his later works depict him as one of the protagonists. Mixing in several components, Hancock is the creator of a story alluring to any modern mind, one told through his artistic practice.

Trenton Doyle Hancock lives and works in Houston.

Featured image: Trenton Doyle Hancock. Photo credits 365thingsinhouston.com. All other photos credit halesgallery.com.
All images used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2016The Armory Show 2016James Cohan, New YorkGroup
2015PULSE New York 2015Brodsky Center, Rutgers University, New YorkGroup
2015The Armory Show 2015James Cohan, New YorkGroup
2015IFPDA Print Fair 2015Graphicstudio USF, New YorkGroup
2015Frieze New York 2015James Cohan, New YorkGroup
2015IFPDA Print Fair 2015Dolan/Maxwell, New YorkGroup
2015The Editions/Artists’ Books (E/AB) FairBrodsky Center, Rutgers UniversityGroup
2015Untitled 2015Brodsky Center, Rutgers UniversityGroup
2015Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of DrawingThe Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Solo
2015Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of DrawingVirginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach Solo
2015Trenton Doyle HancockRingling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FLSolo
2014Bared Bones: Ebb and SoreContemporary Art Museum, Houston, TXSolo
2014Bared Bones: Ebb and SoreAkron Art Museum, Akron, OHSolo
2014Trenton Doyle HancockHales Gallery, London, United KingdomSolo
2014We’ll Wear A Jolly CrownThe Local Speed, The Speed Museum, Louisville, KYGroup
2014DIRGE: Reflections on [Life and] DeathMuseum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OHGroup
2014When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American SouthThe Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NYGroup
2013Trenton Doyle HancockCanzani Center Gallery, Columbus School of Art and Design, Columbus, OHSolo
2013Age of Small ThingsDodge Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Dressed UpKemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MOGroup
2013The Shadows Took ShapeStudio Museum in Harlem, New York, NYGroup
2013Calaveras Mexicanas: The Art and Influence of José Guadalupe PosadaMuseum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2013VitriolicHales Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
2012 ...And Then It All Came Back To MeJames Cohan Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012MFAH Core FactorHouston Fine Art Fair, Houston, TXGroup
2012Michael Miller: Out of CommerceThe McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TXGroup
2012Trenton Doyle HancockCanzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OHGroup
2012Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary ArtContemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2012The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary ArtKiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Armory, Kiev, UkraineGroup
2012No Object Is an Island: New Dialogues with the Cranbrook CollectionCranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MIGroup
2012Contemporary Surreal Drawings from RotterdamInstitut Néerlandais, Paris, FranceGroup
2012The Calendar's Tales: Fantasy, Figuration and RepresentationBoston University 808 Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2012Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic ImaginationFrist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TNGroup
2011Trenton Doyle Hancock: FixSheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NESolo
2011The Value of WaterThe Cathedral of St. John The Divine, New York, NYGroup
2011Publisher Spotlight: LeRoy Neiman Center for Print StudiesColumbia University School of the Arts, Pace PrintsGroup
2011TX 11: Texas BiennialArlington, TXGroup
2011FacemakerRoyal-T, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Group ShowZieherSmith, New York, NYGroup
2011Ball GameDunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX Group
2010We Done All We Could and None of It’s GoodThe University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FLSolo
2010We Done All We Could and None of It’s GoodSavannah College of Art and Design, SavannahSolo
2010We Done All We Could and None of It’s GoodWeatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC.Solo
2010Work While It Is Day...For When Night Cometh No Man Can WorkDunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TXSolo
2010A Day Ahead, A Head A DaySingapore Tyler Print Institute, SingaporeSolo
2010A Better PromiseOlympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WASolo
2010Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art ProgramDallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TXGroup
2010Advancing Tradition: Twenty Years of Printmaking at Flatbed PressThe Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TXGroup
2010Mutant Pop and the Living ImageLoyal Gallery, Malmos, SwedenGroup
2010Get OutOlympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WAGroup
2010Cut, Shuffle and DrawColumbus State University, Columbus, GAGroup
2010From Then to Now: Masterworks of Contemporary African American ArtMuseum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OHGroup
2010Nature, Once RemovedLehman College Art Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Best Laid PlansThe Drawing Room, London, United KingdomGroup
2009Trenton Doyle HancockDunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TXSolo
2009Young AmericansJames Cohan Gallery Shanghai, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2009Texas DrawsThe Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TXGroup
2009LoverOnStellarRays, New York, NYGroup
2009Rich TextFleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2009From Then to Now: Masterworks of Contemporary African American ArtThe Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OHGroup
2008FEARJames Cohan Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2008Trenton Doyle Hancock: RevealGalleria Marabini, Bologna, ItalySolo
2008Wow That’s Mean and Other Vegan CuisineInstitute for Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PASolo
2008Wunderkammer: A Century of CuriositiesMuseum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
2008In the Beginning: Artists Respond to the GenesisContemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA, Group
2008In the Beginning: Artists Respond to the GenesisYeshiva University Museum, New York, NYGroup
2008Darger-ism: Contemporary Artists and Henry DargerAmerican Folk Art Museum, New York, NYGroup
2007Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Wayward Thinker Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, ScotlandSolo
2007Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Wayward Thinker Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2007Size Matters: XSHudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NYGroup
2007Size Matters: XSKnoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TNGroup
2007Like Color in PicturesAspen Art Museum, Aspen, COGroup
2007The Lizard CultClementine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2007The Sirens’ SongBlanton Museum of Art, Austin, TXGroup
2007Fast ForwardDallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TXGroup
2007A Consuming VisionJepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, GAGroup
2006In the Blestian RoomJames Cohan Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2006Once Upon a Time: The Contemporary FableArcos Sannio Contemporary Art Museum, Benevento, ItalyGroup
2006Black alphabet - conTEXTS of contemporary African-American ArtZacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2006A Brighter DayJames Cohan Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006ReverenceThe Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NYGroup
2006The 181st Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American ArtThe National Academy Museum, New York, NYGroup
2006The Compulsive LineThe Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
2005St. Sesom and the Cult of ColorDunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TXSolo
2005More Mound Milking and Miracle MachinesDunn and Brown Contemporary Project Gallery, ARCO InternationalSolo
2005Art FairMadrid, Spain 2004Solo
2005Trenton Doyle HancockParis Junior College, Paris, TXSolo
2005SwarmFabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2005Color - Pattern – GridAustin Museum of Art, Austin, TXGroup
2005Political NatureWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
20045th Anniversary ExhibitionDunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TXGroup
2004Perspectives at 25: A Quarter Century of New Art in HoustonContemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TXGroup
2004Between The LinesJames Cohan Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2004Drawing Under the Influence: Lee Baxter Davis and his ProtégésThe Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TXGroup
2004Political NatureWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
2004Reordering Reality: Collecting Contemporary ArtColumbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OHGroup
2003Moments in Mound HistoryCleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OHSolo
2003It Came from the Studio FloorDunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TXSolo
2003It Came from the Studio FloorMuseum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FLSolo
2003For a Floor of FloraJames Cohan Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2003RenderedSara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2003Group ShowFlip, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TXGroup
2003On the Wall: Contemporary WallpaperMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RIGroup
2003On the Wall: Contemporary WallpaperThe Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA Group
2003Twenty-fifth Anniversary ExhibitionArthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LAGroup
2003The Influence of Comics in Contemporary ArtContemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TXGroup
2002Trenton Doyle HancockDunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TXSolo
2002Core Artist in ResidenceThe Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TXSolo
2002Sugar and Cream: Large Unstretched Wall-Hangings by Contemporary ArtistsTriple Candie, Harlem, NY Group
2002Art on Paper: The 37th Exhibition of Art on PaperWeatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North CarolinaGroup
2002Western Artists: Selections from New American Paintings #42OSP Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2002Group ShowNext, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TXGroup
2002Two by Two for AIDS and ArtDallas, TXGroup
2002Core 2002 ExhibitionGlassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TXGroup
2001The Life and Death of #1Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TXSolo
2001The Life and Death of #1Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth, Fort Worth, TXSolo
2001The Life and Death of #1Texas Fine Arts Association at The Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, TXSolo
2001The Legend is in TroubleJames Cohan Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2001FreestyleThe Studio Museum in Harlem, New YorkGroup
2001FreestyleSanta Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2001PortraitureUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AKGroup
2001New Orleans TriennialNew Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LAGroup
2001Core 2001 ExhibitionGlassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TXGroup
2001The Big IdJames Cohan Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2000Wow That’s Me?Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TXSolo
2000Out of the Ordinary: New Art from TexasContemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TXGroup
2000Group ShowBalls, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2000Artistic Centers in Texas: Dallas, Fort Worth, The Texas Fine Arts AssociationThe Jones Centre for Contemporary Art, Austin, TXGroup
2000Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs and Other FolktalesLongwood Arts Gallery, Bronx, NYGroup
1998Off ColoredGerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TXSolo
1998Texas Dialogues: Parallels, Dallas - San AntonioBlue Star Art Space, San Antonio, TXGroup
1998LinkGerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
1997AutoBioDegradable, Honors Thesis ExhibitionUniversity Gallery, TX A&M University, Commerce, TXSolo
1997New Views, Eight Emerging Texas ArtistsGerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
1997LinkGerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
1996Works on PaperLouisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LAGroup
1995Juried Student ShowEast Texas State University, Commerce, TXGroup