For ALAC 2018, Shulamit Nazarian is pleased to present new and recent mixed-media paintings and drawings by Houston-based Trenton Doyle Hancock. This will be the artist’s first solo presentation in Los Angeles.
For nearly two and a half decades, Hancock has created elaborate works that interlace personal memoir with the history of painting and pop-cultural pulp imagery. The artist’s childhood was immersed in resonant biblical themes, whose power persisted even as their religious specificity waned later in his life. This early influence informed a complex amalgamation of characters and plots possessing universal concepts of light and dark, good and evil, and all the grey in between. Infused with mythologies presented at an operatic scale, his exuberant and subversive storylines employ a variety of cultural tropes, ranging from his personal experiences, the western art historical canon, and comics and superheroes, where text and abstraction both drive and complicate his narratives.