Hales is delighted to announce Water Ground Hell Sky, the gallery’s second solo exhibition with the legendary American artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. The exhibition of new work continues Hancock’s grand visual epic — a complicated and textured exploration of life’s complexities and existential conundrums. The intricate story of a set of characters including Torpedo Boy (one of Hancock’s alter egos), Mounds (half-animal-half-plant-creatures), their aggressors, ‘Vegans,’ and SKUM (a larvae species in a state of becoming) has been developed over decades, with each new work contributing to the saga.
Hancock (b. 1974, Oklahoma City, OK, USA) was brought up in Paris, Texas and gained a BFA from East Texas State University and an MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple Philadelphia. Hancock lives and works in Houston, Texas. He grew up in an all-American household governed by Christian ideals and found solace in devouring popular culture — movies, comic books, superheroes, toys, music, and television shows of the 1970s and 1980s. The origin stories of the bible as well as his favourite comic characters have greatly inspired and informed his unique practice and mythology of the ‘Moundverse.’