Trenton Doyle Hancock | Artist Talk | ​The Art Institute of Chicago

January 17, 2020

Hales Gallery is excited to announce an artist talk by Trenton Doyle Hancock at The Art Institute of Chicago as part of the Visiting Artists Program.


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 personal experience, the art historical canon, comics, and superheroes, pulp fiction, and myriad pop culture references, resulting in a complex amalgamation of characters and plots that possess universal concepts of light and dark, good and evil, and all the gray in between. 


Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions–such as his use of color, language, and pattern–into opportunities to create new characters, develop subplots, and convey symbolic meaning. Hancock's works are suffused with personal mythology presented at an operatic scale, often reinterpreting biblical stories. 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.


This event is free, non-ticketed and open to the public. Doors will open at 5:45pm.



Trenton Doyle Hancock

The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium

230 S. Columbus Drive

Chicago, IL 60603


6 April 2020, 6-7:30pm


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