Trenton Doyle Hancock

14 May 2019


Trenton Doyle Hancock, photo by Constance Mensh.

Trenton Doyle Hancock is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work has, through a variety of media, explored an extended mythology centering on the Mounds, a group of fictional creatures he created. Part fictional, part autobiographical, Hancock’s work pulls from his own personal experience, art historical canon, comics and superheroes, pulp fiction, and myriad pop culture references, resulting in a complex amalgamation of characters and plots addressing universal concepts of light and dark, good and evil, and the grey area in between.

In 2018 with support from a Center Project grant, Temple Contemporary presented Hancock’s Moundverse Infants, in which Hancock examined the representation of race in the material culture of toy dolls, displaying dolls he has collected over 20 years, with a new set he created for the show along with objects from the Philadelphia Doll Museum.

Hancock’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Studio Museum in Harlem; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and il Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea, Trento, Italy. Hancock earned a BFA from Texas A&M University, Commerce and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.