John Hancock’s The Shaped Landscape Exhibition Oct. 13-Nov. 20, Opening Reception on Oct. 22

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An opening reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 5 -7 p.m. The artist talk will begin at 6 p.m. Advance reservations are required.

WILSON, N.C. — September 30, 2020 — Barton College celebrates John Hancock as the fall Artist-in-Residence, with his new exhibition “The Shaped Landscape.” The exhibition opens in the Lula E. Rackley Gallery in the Barton Art Galleries on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and runs through Friday, Nov. 20.

An opening reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 5 -7 p.m. The artist talk will begin at 6 p.m. Advance reservations are required because of social distancing requirements, but there is no charge to attend the reception or artist talk. Masks will be required for all those attending. To make reservations, please contact the Barton Art Galleries at artgalleries@barton.edu or call 252-399-6476.

Social distancing and masks will be required when visiting this exhibition. The Barton Art Galleries request visitors to call and schedule a time to visit. Individuals and small groups, not exceeding 10 people, will be greeted by a Barton Art Galleries’ intern upon arrival. For more information, contact Maureen O’Neill, director of exhibitions and educational programming, Barton Art Galleries, at (252)399-6476 or moneill@barton.edu.

About the Artist — 

Since 2000, painter John Hancock has lived, made art, and taught in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. Prior to relocating, he lived, studied, and worked in both the Southeast and Midwest (from Atlanta to Wichita and from Florida to North Carolina). Moving about the country fueled his love of travel and the exploration of both exotic and ordinary places. His paintings, drawings, and collages grow out of his exploration of the natural world and his place in it.

Hancock’s artwork usually begins from direct observation. Then later, in his studio, he creates paintings in watercolor, gouache, or acrylic. His goal is to bring together naturalistic and abstract elements into a balanced and tentative harmony.

“I make image‐objects,” Hancock shares. “Starting from direct observation, I edit and overlay organic and geometric passages to interrupt realism with abstraction. In this way, my drawings and paintings, from the most intimate to the largest installation scale pieces, disrupt the conventions of landscape, still life, and portraiture.”

Hancock has exhibited regionally, nationally, and in England. For many years, he balanced being an artist and an art professor. While he now enjoys being a full-time studio artist, he continues to offer workshops, and to make presentations to professional and community art groups and schools.

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