Trenton Doyle Hancock
Date of Birth: 1974
Place of Birth: Oklahoma City, United States of America
Education: Texas A&M University-Commerce; Temple University
“It's hard to talk about martial arts practice divorced from church practice. I had a fundamentalist Christian experience. Like in karate, there are rituals designed to make you stronger. And that's how they talk about it: getting stronger in your faith, being a warrior – a prayer warrior.” 
“In some ways my work is very connected to comedy and tragicomedy – taking the figure of the hero and exposing not necessarily its absurdity, but its vulnerability. My superhero is brave but not invulnerable.”
Step and Screw #18-1, the Handoff (2015)
The Den (2012)
Hot Coals in Soul (2010)
Give Me My Flowers While I Yet Live (2010-2012)
Blue Bald Voice Effects (2008)
Eye Red (2008)
Wow Thats Mean (2008)
Bye and Bye (2002)
Mold (2010)
Trenton Doyle Hancock is an African-American artist, best known for the imaginary worlds he creates in his paintings, often populated by animal-plant hybrids known as Mounds. He lives and works in Houston, Texas.
Early Life
Trenton Doyle Hancock was born into a particularly religious family in Oklahoma City in 1974. Growing up in an environment that indoctrinated a strict moral code, he became interested in the nature of human ethics at a young age, centering primarily on the Christian belief system of his household. As he grew older, he developed a parallel value system through which he could negotiate the existential challenges in the modern world.
After graduating from high school in 1992, Hancock enrolled at Texas A&M-Commerce to study fine arts before moving on to Temple University’s Tyler School of Art to receive his MFA. As a student, he found the work of Jackson Pollock, Henry Darger and the poet and engraver William Blake especially compelling, their visual narratives being the main point of focus. 
In 2000, Hancock became one of the youngest artists in history to be selected for participation at the Whitney Biennial exhibition. Through his work, he produced a universe in which superheroes, imaginary species, religious prophets and pop culture icons can exist in tandem, in effect creating a dimension that is both accessible to the viewer and can be easily modified by the artist. With each new painting, Hancock marks the progress of various characters, in particular the evolution of a half-animal half-plant species known as the Mounds and their predators, the Vegans. 
In more recent years, he has introduced the figure of Trenton Doyle Hancock into his imaginary world, creating a metaphysical link between the artist, the fictional construct of himself and the universe of his making. In interviews, Hancock has reasoned that including this character in the ongoing narrative allows him to arbitrate, comment and take ownership of the piece-by-piece story he’s telling, exposing himself to both mythical and real experiences. 
The artist currently lives in Houston, working out of his home-studio. 
2000   -  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 
2001    -  Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston 
              -  Santa Monica Museum of art, Santa Monica 
              -  New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans 
              - James Cohan Gallery, New York 
2002    -  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2003    -  Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul 
2004    -  Paris Junior College, Paris USA 
2005    -  ARCO  International Fair, Madrid 
2006    -  Museum of Modern Art, New York 
              -  Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Passariano 
2007    -  The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh 
              -  Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
1974   Born in Oklahoma City
1992   Attends Texas A&M University-Commerce
2000   Debuts at the Whitney Biennial      
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin
Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones: 20 Years of Drawing by Valerie Cassel Oliver and Broke Anderson
Me a Mound by Trenton Doyle Hancock
Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Wayward Thinker by Thelma Golden

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Trenton Doyle Hancock at James Cohan, New York

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Untitled Art Fair Dreams Big and Small

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Trenton Doyle Hancock at James Cohan, New York

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Fabric Workshop and Museum

Philadelphia, US