(b. 1991, Lower Hutt, New Zealand)
Master of Fine Arts with Distinction (Painting), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2016
Thomas Hancock's practice consists of both portraiture and still-life painting. Hancock sifts through imagery from the world around him and through a process of photography and painting looks to highlight the formal qualities of the people and objects that pique his interest.
Hancock is particularly influenced by the still-life and genre paintings of the Dutch Golden Age. In a world of mass production and saturation of imagery, Hancock uses the medium of painting to focus on that which we only give a passing glance, and imbue them with the aura of the art object.
His most recent portraits are of an intimate scale and depict figures from around the city of Melbourne where he currently lives and works.
Recent projects include: Considerably Less Stressful, Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch, NZ (2018); Face to Face, group portrait exhibition, BlackCat Gallery, Collingwood, Australia (2018); Big Spread, NEXT Gallery, Christchurch, NZ (2017); National Contemporary Award Show, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ (2017); NZ Painting and Printmaking Award Show, Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Hamilton, NZ (2017)