Landscape Revelations opens Friday evening, September 14, 5-7pm, with an artist’s talk scheduled for 6:30. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome; there is no charge to visit the galleries. In his artist statement, the exhibiting artist John Hancock designates himself a “classicist.” “Seeing the here and now as layered realities – past/present, personal/natural history – my work is a complex and imperfect poesis. It is always a bit unstable and idiosyncratic, but it ultimately strives to be essential and intrinsically humane.”
John’s process with watermedia begins with direct observation after which he edits and overlays organic and geometric passages to interrupt realism with abstraction. Details from nature, for example, might intersect with pastoral views and John skillfully creates a delicate harmony of color and composition. Viewers will recognize many local scenes in John’s skilled renditions of the Shenandoah Valley, an area he has come to treasure.
John earned a B.F.A. in Art at Valdosta State University and an M.F.A. in Painting at East Carolina University. He has taught art on the college level for over 20 years and has exhibited his work throughout North Carolina and Virginia. He and his family currently reside in Waynesboro.