502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804
John Hancock works entitled One Artist, Two Visions consists of mixed media paintings and drawings.
From the Artist:
About the Art Work My paintings, drawings, and collages are an integral part of my continued exploration of the natural world and our place in it. Most of my works starts from the direct observation of a landscape, plants, animals or other natural objects. Sometimes I complete a painting or drawing in one sitting much like my early plein air training. More often though, I take my drawings, sketches, photos, and notes back into the studio; there I attempt to bring my work to completion through a process of revision and experimentation. The “usual” materials I begin to play with are dry and/or wet drawing media … as well as watercolor or gouache. Sometimes I combine these and other materials, improvising and re-working the image. In this way, I can bring together naturalistic and abstracted elements, use the excitement and tension between those, and create some type of visual harmony in each painting or drawing.
I make image-objects. Starting from direct observation, I edit and overlay organic and geometric passages to interrupt realism with abstraction. In this way my paintings and works on paper disrupt conventions of landscape, still life, and portraiture. Each field is a tentative integration of opposites, a structured space where details from nature—seedpods, berries, a single leaf—intersect with partial family portraits or pastoral views. Near and far, literal and imaginary, my images resist the perfection of closure, and yet it is the harmonics of color and composition that knits the fragments back together. In the end, I am 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 ultimately it strives to be essential and intrinsically humane.
Closing Reception, January 27 from 6-8 PM