Julie René de Cotret
JuJe Collective Curation presents the work of David Hancock under the umbrella of Foreign Affairs 2

Foreigh Affairs is a five International artist-led initiatives have collaborated to present each other’s creative art practice. A cross-cultural

collaboration that explores the relationship between the artist as curator, as artist.

From: 20 - 25 May 2017 

Platforms Project 2017
Cultural Centre,
Charilaou Trikoupi 121,  
Athens 11473 

David Hancock

David Hancock’s work attempts to make palpable the psychological gap between the world that we physically experience and the psychological states through which it is apprehended. Though his use of watercolor on paper, he presents escapist fantasies, whether through youth subcultures, the fantasy worlds of computer games or by directly referencing historical utopian visions. Hancock’s new series depict the phenomenon of Ball Jointed Dolls (BJDs) and the subculture that has sprung up around these elaborate dolls produced in East Asia. Hancock creates a series of characters representing facets of youth culture. After an extensive study in Cosplay, Hancock chose a framework similar to those employed by popular Manga franchises (multiple characters with a recognizable connection) Hancock's characters embody elements from the periodic table. Painting from life, he brings these dolls to life in a contemporary re-staging of the Pygmalion myth. 

Biography David Hancock graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1996 and has been exhibiting widely since. He has appeared in a number of prominent exhibitions such as the John Moores 21, Young Masters and the BP Portrait Prize. He has had solo and group shows across the UK and Europe as well as New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He recently completed a PhD at University of Salford. David's recent solo exhibitions include Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Touchstones, Rochdale, and 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe. In 2015 he will have solo exhibitions at Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge and Howden Park, Livingston.

To see more of David Hancock' s works visit: http://www.paper-gallery.co.uk/david-hancock