David Hancock’s series of prints 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.
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 had solo exhibitions at Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge and Howden Park, Livingston.