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 watercolour 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 recognisable 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.

Advent Children III
Watercolour on Paper
21 x 30cm
2013
£550 (approx 650 euros)
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Amaimon (Jason)
Watercolour on Paper
42 x 30cm
2011
£650 (approx 750 euros)
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Lavi (Edward)
Watercolour on Paper
42 x 30cm
2011
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Nelliel (Jamie)
Watercolour on Paper
42 x 30cm
2014
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Tidus (Joe)
Watercolour on Paper
42 x 30cm
2011
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Tifa (Lucinda)
Watercolour on Paper
42 x 30cm
2014
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Antimony (Bedroom)
Watercolour on Paper
56 x 76cm
2015
£2000
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Sifting Through the Ashes
Chinese Ink on Paper
42 x 30cm
2016
£600
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Light my Candles
Watercolour on Paper
21 x 30cm
2016
£500 (framed)
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In a Daze
Watercolour on Paper
21 x 30cm
2016
£500 (framed)
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Glowing White Like Fire
Chinese Ink on Paper
56 x 76cm
2016
£1500
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Towards Nothing
Chinese Ink on Paper
42 x 30cm
2016
£450
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Searching Through the Ashes
Chinese Ink on Paper
42 x 30cm
2016
£600
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My Toes Can Talk
Chinese Ink on Paper
42 x 30cm
2016
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With the voltage running through her skin
Watercolour on Paper
30 x 21cm
2016
£450
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Hydrogen (Wool Against Weapons)
Watercolour on Paper
28.5 x 25cm
2015
£500 (unframed)
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Antimony (Pentagram)
Watercolour on Paper
28.5 x 25cm
2015
£550 (framed)
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Galatea (Lolita)
Watercolour on Paper
29 x 42cm
2015
£600
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Badger (Into the Trees)
Watercolour on Paper
21 x 29cm
2015
£350 (framed)
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Badger: The Origin
Artist made book
21 x 29 cm
14 pages (b&w + 1 colour plate)
Edition of 25
2014
£30 (including p&p) 
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Installation Views
Installation View: Touchstones, Rochdae, 2013
Installation View: Touchstones, Rochdae, 2013
Installation View: Touchstones, Rochdae, 2013
Installation View: 20-21, Scunthorpe, 2014
Installation View: 20-21, Scunthorpe, 2014
Installation View: Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 2013 photo: Paul Ward
Installation View: Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 2013 photo: Paul Ward
David Hancock CV
Born, lives and works in Manchester, UK.  Co-founder and director of PAPER gallery.

Education:
2010-14 - Graduate Teaching Assistantship with PhD, University of Salford
2008-10 - Master of Fine Art, Liverpool John Moores University
1993-96 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2015 - ‘Cosplay’, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
2015 - ‘Cosplay’, Howarth Art Centre, Livingston
2014 - ‘Cosplay’, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
2013 - ‘Cosplay’, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
           ‘Cosplay, Touchstones, Rochdale
2011 - ‘Time to Pretend’, Hub, Manchester
2010 - ‘Game’, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
2008 - ‘That’s Not My Name’, The Agency, London
2007 - ‘How Can Someone so Young Sing Words So Sad’, Transit, Mechelen, Belgium
2006 - ‘Who Will Eat my Sadness’, The Agency, London
2005 - ‘The Beautiful People’, The City Gallery, Leicester
2004 - ‘Jane Says…’, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
2003 - ‘The Beautiful People’, Comme Ca Gallery, New York, USA
           ‘The Beautiful People’, Kirkby Gallery, Kirkby Liverpool
            ‘The Beautiful People’, The Storey Gallery, Lancaster
2002 - ‘The Beautiful People’, DDM Warehouse, Shanghai, China
            ‘The Beautiful People’, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2001 - ‘The Beautiful People’, View 2 Gallery, Liverpool
            ‘The Beautiful People’, Chorlton Mill Gallery, Manchester
2000 - ‘The Beautiful People’, Cartwright Hall, Bradford
           ‘The Horrible People’, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1998 - ‘The Beautiful People’, Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby
1997 - ‘Princess Leia was my first Kiss’, Phillips Contemporary Art, Manchester

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2016 - 'Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare' pt III, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2015 - 'P', Horatio Junior, London
           'Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare' pt I, PAPER, Manchester
2014 - 'A Union of Voice", Horatio Junior, London
            ‘Snow in Summer’, Peek-a-boo Gallery, Perth, Australia
            ‘Manchester Connexions’, The New School House Gallery, York
            ‘ID’, Hanmi Gallery, London
            ‘Far Lands’, Millenium Galleries, Sheffield
            ‘Human Clay Revisited’, The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber
2012 - ‘Polemically Small’, Orleans House Musem, London
2011 - ‘Polemically Small’, Charlie Smith, London
            ‘In Safekeeping’, The New Schoolhouse Gallery, York
            ‘Future Can’t Wait’, Torrance Art Museum, California
            ‘Citizen’, TactileBosch, Cardiff
             Marmite Painting Prize III, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry & The Nunnery, London
2010 - Marmite Painting Prize III, Central Gallery, Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester
           ‘This is England’, The Aubin Gallery, London & Galleria Uno+Uno, Milan, Italy
            Anti Design Festival, London/Newcastle Space, London
            ‘Salon 8’, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong 
2009 - ‘The Lure & The Seducer’, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
            ‘Connexions’, Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, Denmark
            ‘Karma-1’, Gallery 44a, Istanbul, Turkey
2008 - ‘The Future Can Wait II’ (curated by Ellis & Rumley) Truman’s Brewery, London
            ‘Kapellmeister pulls a Doozy’, Seven Seven Gallery, London
            ‘The Past is History’(curated by Ellis & Rumley) Changing Role, Naples & Rome, Italy
             ‘The New London School’(curated by Ellis, Rumley & Max Presneil), Mark Moore, LA, USA
2007 - ‘Teenage Kicks’(curated by Melanie Moreau), Vegas Gallery, London
            ‘The Future Can Wait’, (curated by Ellis & Rumley) Truman’s Brewery, London
2006 - ‘I-POD Killed the Video Star’(curated by Ken Pratt), Showroomama, Rotterdam, Netherlands
           ‘I Ain’t No Yesterday’s News’, Gallery Likovni Krug , Exitfest, Serbia & Tour
2005 - ‘Portreto Formate’, ARKA Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania & Tour
           ‘Children of the Grave- Masters of Reality’ (with Ross Sinclair), The Agency London
           ‘Young Masters’, (curated by Flora Fairburn), Art Fortnight London
           ‘Hand in Hand we Walk Alone’, Clapham Art Gallery
2004 - ‘Forever Beautiful’, Clapham Art Gallery, London
2003 - ‘Thermo 03’ The Lowry, Manchester
2002 - ‘A Word from our Sponsors’, Liverpool Biennial Independents 02
           ‘Perverse Pop’, Catto Contemporary, London
           ‘The Battle for Realism’, (curated by James Hyman) Inside Space, Selfridges, London

2001 - BP Portrait Award 2001, National Portrait Gallery, London
2000 - ‘Inferno’, LMN Project, Guildhall, Newcastle
            BP Portrait Award 2000, National Portrait Gallery, London
1999 - John Moores 21, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1996 - ‘Northern Graduates’, Royal College of Art, London

Self-curated Group Shows:
2012 - ‘Digital Romantics’, Dean Clough, Halifax & Aubin Gallery, London
2007 - ‘Fantasising Fairies’, 501 Art Space, Chongqing
           ‘Faith’, Dean Clough, Halifax & Gallery Primo Alonso
2006 - ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’, Liverpool Biennial Independents 06 & Gallery Primo Alonso, London
            ‘Jerusalem’, Dean Clough, Halifax
            ‘Manchester, So Much to Answer For’, Warsaw Projects, Manchester
2004 - ‘Le Petit Paysage’, Liverpool Biennial Independents 04 & Comme Ca, Manchester
           ‘We Didn’t Mean to be Bad Kids, TV Made Us Do It’, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery,           
            Hertfordshire University, St Albans & Collins Gallery, Glasgow
2002 - 'I’ll be your Mirror', Warsaw Projects, Manchester

Live Art Performances
Collaborative performance with Yingmei Duan
2011 - ‘Once Upon a Time’, BS Visite, Braunschweig, Germany
2010 - ‘Pathological Aesthetics’ Performance festival and Symposium at University of Applied
            Sciences Nijmegen, Netherlands
2009 - ‘Dreams’, at Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK

Awards:
2010 - Arts Council Development Grant
2007 - British Council CtC Development Grant
2002 - British Council for DDM Warehouse Residency
            Shortlisted for BOC Emerging Artist Award 2002
2001 - City Life’sVisual Arts Exhibition of the Year 2001
            Shortlisted for Fresh Artist 2001 Award

            Northwest Arts Board- Individual Artists Award
            Commended in BP Portrait Award
1998 - Northwest Arts Board- Individual Artists Award

Residencies:
2011 - York Theatre Royal
2007 - 501Art Space, Chongqing, China
2004 - Pyramid Arts Centre, Warrington
2002 - DDM Warehouse, Shanghai, China
1998 - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Others Projects:
2012 - Co-Founded PAPER, Manchester
2009 - Established Mirabel Studios, Manchester
2008 - Co-Founded ‘Art Group’, a peer group of Manchester-based Artists
2002-4 - Established and curated Warsaw Projects @ Open Art Studios, Manchester offering emerging artists their first solo exhibition
2005 - Published the artists books ‘A Cure for Everything’ & ‘Lost Beneath the Waves’ by Brya Weths