In this painting, thick white lines surround each tree as if they are brimming with electricity—while dark storm clouds fill the sky. The composition depicts trees as both lightning rods and shelter from an imminent downpour. In the artist’s current body of work, trees and their understory become tools for the artist to conjure up childhood experiences growing up in rural Georgia.
Hancock has a tumultuous relationship with solid form and narrative, frequently turning his paintings toward the abstract. The artist was raised in rural Georgia, and his childhood was often spent looking up at the understory of windswept trees, which he conjures through the language of abstraction. The artist pairs his subject matter with his interest in formal experimentation. Drawing inspiration from Japanese woodblock prints, Hancock's landscapes are distorted to the point of fantasy until they are almost swallowed whole by sumptuous, solid colors. In the artist's work, the discontinuities and distortions follow a surrealist logic—functioning like lucid dreaming.
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Eric Dwight Hancock creates abstracted paintings of windswept trees and other natural imagery that conjure memories of his childhood in rural Georgia. Inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, the artist distorts his landscapes to the point of fantasy—until they are almost swallowed whole by sumptuous colors. The discontinuities and distortions of Hancock’s work follow a surrealist logic, functioning like lucid dreaming.