STEPHEN HANNOCK

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—The definitive monograph on this major American painter, whose work is in some of the most important public and private collections in the country —Three descriptive essays provide insight into Hannock's work including his major work The Oxbow, After Church, After Cole, Flooded, Green Light (Flooded Rivers for the Matriarchs: E. and A. Mongan), 1999, which hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art —Never-before-seen works including Northern City Renaissance, Newcastle, England, completed in 2008 for the musician, Sting as a gift to his hometown

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Overview

—The definitive monograph on this major American painter, whose work is in some of the most important public and private collections in the country —Three descriptive essays provide insight into Hannock's work including his major work The Oxbow, After Church, After Cole, Flooded, Green Light (Flooded Rivers for the Matriarchs: E. and A. Mongan), 1999, which hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art —Never-before-seen works including Northern City Renaissance, Newcastle, England, completed in 2008 for the musician, Sting as a gift to his hometown Stephen Hannock is a contemplative and iconoclastic artist who brings fresh vision and new insight into his studies of light and reflection in the landscape. His work, which echoes the tradition of the Luminist paintings of the 19th century, springs from a sensibility unique among contemporary artists. As in his well-known Oxbow series, his landscape paintings, subtly lit with the rising sun's rays over flooded waters, build their depth with the layers of lacquer Hannock adds; it is this polishing technique, adding as many as twelve layers to his oil paintings, that allows him to play with the reflections of light and shadow over his subjects. At the same time, current events and moments from the artist's life are brought into his pieces in the form of messages, clippings and photographs built into the lacquered layers, which recede into the painting when viewed from a distance, making the work not only a representation of the subject but also a reflection of the life and preoccupations of the artist at a specific point in time. The final presentation is a painting that is deeply human, touching the viewer with its honesty, wit and humor. This richly illustrated monograph includes a wide spectrum of paintings spanning the artist's career, as well as drawings done while traveling in Asia, Europe, and North America, and of friends in music and the arts, at work in their homes and studios.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Famous for ethereal "lightscapes" of the distinctive Oxbox loop in the Connecticut River as viewed from Mount Holyoke, New England landscapist and latter-day luminist Stephen Hannock (b. 1951) romantically harkens back to earlier Hudson River paintings by removing roads, traffic, and towns and bathing the swollen river in dramatic variations of light. The signature luminosity of his "polished oils" is achieved by building up and sanding down layer after layer of oil, acrylic, and glazes to eliminate surface glare. Many paintings are riddled with diary notes and moody narrations in small calligraphy. In short, favorable essays, Rosenfeld (art history, Marymount Manhattan Coll.), curator Martha Hoppin, and publisher and former museum director of publications Garrett White discuss Hannock's career. Hundreds of reproductions of paintings, woodcuts, drawings, and photo assemblages are equally glowing in this largely uncritical major survey. A chronology details important exhibitions and installations and displays photos of Hannock with family members, artists, and celebrities. VERDICT An attractive, expensive marketing piece of interest to galleries, collectors, and admirers of Hannock's appealing and original landscapes.—Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555952914
  • Publisher: Hudson Hills Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 976,183
  • Product dimensions: 11.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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