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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/New York      Known for: luminous landscape painting

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The following biography is courtesy of Mary Webb, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania:

San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2000.
"Represented in major international collections and reflecting a Romantic tradition that dates back to the Hudson River School, Hannock's majestic works are renowned for their extraordinarily luminous quality. He won an Academy Award for his landscapes on the film What Dreams May Come."

From the Met Site----
The Metropolitan acquired a Stephen Hannock painting in 2001. Their description follows:

The Oxbow: After Church, after Cole, Flooded (Flooded River for the Matriarchs E. & A. Mongan), Green Light, 2000, Stephen Hannock (American, b. 1951)
Acrylic with oil glazes on canvas; 96 x 144 in. (243.8 x 365.8 cm)
Purchase, Moore Capital Management Inc. Gift, 2001 (2001.153)
Stephen Hannock

Stephen Hannock captured this view of the Connecticut River from the same vantage point chosen by Thomas Cole (18011848) for his famous View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a ThunderstormThe Oxbow (1836), in the collection of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum (acc. no. 08.228).

The lacquered surface and transparent light effects of Hannock's painting emphasize the stillness of dusk on a cloudless autumn day. No breath of wind stirs the air; no animal enlivens this panoramic landscape combining truth with fantasy. In the 1920s a passage was cut through the river's once-scenic loop, the Oxbow, and bridges now connect the mainland and the artificially created island. The mountains rising in the blue distance are invented, as is the flooded state of the river.

Since attending art classes at Smith College, in Northampton, during the 1970s, Hannock has claimed this landscape as his own. Here it inspired him to cover large areas of the rust-colored, tilled fields with inscriptions that relate to his friends and to the events of daily life. The names and initials in the title refer to Cole's student Frederic E. Church (18261900) and to Agnes Mongan (19051998) and her sister Elizabeth (b. 1905), both important curators and teachers, as well as mentors of the artist.
(Entry written by Sabine Rewald)

April 23, 2002

Cornish College of the Arts
PONCHO Concert Hall
710 East Roy Street
Seattle, WA

A rare opportunity to engage in dialogue with acclaimed New York artist, painter Stephen Hannock.  Hannock is internationally known as one of the foremost contemporary American luminists (mid-century adherents of the Romantic movement).  Hannock renders pure iridescent reflections of light through his signature technique of polishing the oil on the canvas with sandpaper.  His atmosphere paintings have been reproduced in numerous publications, such as Art in American, Architectural Digest, Newsweek, and Art & Antiques.  The recent motion picture, What Dreams May Come, features Academy Award-winning visual effects, many painted and coordinated by Hannock.  His work is contained in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. He lives in New York City.

Stephen Cornish College of the Arts recently established the Stephen Hannock Art Scholarship, an endowed scholarship fund of $150,000, derived from Stephen Hannock's donation of one of his paintings.

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