Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock develops storytelling in his work with influences from the history of painting as well as pop-culture, building narratives around his characters of good and evil. While at STPI Hancock drew particular inspiration from Singapore’s mythological theme park, Haw Par Villa. The residency was a turning point in his career as it connected his fiction-based artistic practice to this new and visually autobiographical body of work. Through the use of word and image, he encourages the viewer to engage with the work.
Trenton Doyle Hancock is one of the most distinctive American artists of his generation, his portrayal of two conflicting, imaginary tribes are allegory of the omnipresent strife in the contemporary world. Hancock was brought up in Paris, Texas (a town Wim Wenders believed so irresistibly dark that he made a movie after it) and at age 25, he was one the youngest artist ever to be included in the Whitney Biennial in 2000. Hancock’s art had been adapted into ballet by Ballet Austin and he is featured on PBS Art: 21 artist documentary series.