David Hancock: Cosplay

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

2 February 2013 - 1 June 2013

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Arkham Asylum, David Hancock, watercolour, 2012 © David Hancock

Arkham Asylum, David Hancock, watercolour, 2012 © David Hancock

Manchester based artist David Hancock explores the world of youth sub-cultures through his series based on Cosplayers. Characters from Japanese Manga and Animé are bought to life in these beautiful, photo-realist style paintings.

Hancock is interested in the psychological gap between the real and imagined worlds as experienced by the young people who engage in this form of escapism. By taking their characters into the urban environments they transfer the ordinary into a world of imagination and fantasy. Although the subject is modern the style is rooted in the romantic traditions of the Pre-Raphaelites, with each fold of fabric and every piece of foliage rendered in
startling detail.

The exhibition includes new works, featuring local Cosplayers in various sites around the city.

David Hancock will be giving a free talk on Cosplay on 20 March, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Artist Talk: David Hancock - Cosplay

Watch David talk about the exhibition...