Monday, August 13, 2018

Gallery 10 features Bruce Barton Hancock in September

The September featured artist for Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek, will be guest artist Bruce Hancock. A reception in Bruce's honor will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2-5 P.M. at the gallery as part of the Amador Art Trek.

We are delighted to have Bruce as a guest artist, as he often paints foothill scenery en plein air here in our own backyard. The quality of his work is outstanding and his enthusiasm for painting local scenes is boundless!

Bruce is a 4th generation native Californian. He was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Great Central Valley towns of Modesto and Fresno.  Following his discharge from the Air Force in 1968, Bruce located in Sacramento where he has lived ever since.

Although interested in art as a child, Bruce did not begin a serious study of painting until late in life.  Approximately 15 years ago he attended a workshop in Amador City presented by well-known Western and Gold Country artist Howard Rees.  That started a passion for painting that persists to this day.

Bruce has studied with many gifted artists and art instructors including Dan Edmondson, Qiang Huang, Fongwei Liu, Kathleen Dunphy, Michael Siegel, Suchitra Bhosle, Craig Nelson and Terry Miura.

Now retired, Bruce dedicates full time to oil painting.  He regularly paints landscapes, figures and portraits and still life subject matter.  The practice of plein air painting – painting outdoors from life – is a favorite pursuit.

“I have to admit that I feel the pressure of time. There is so much to learn, to experience and to paint.  But the artist’s journey never truly ends, no matter when it started. 

How blessed I am to have each of these days at the easel. “ 
- Bruce B. Hancock

Many of Bruce’s paintings are now in private collections.  In addition, he has regularly participates in juried art shows and has garnered a number of awards and growing artist recognition. Some recent recognitions includes the following:
  • Haggin Museum Stockton California:  60th Annual National Juried Exhibition. June, 2018   "Backstreet Locke"
  • Bold Brush Fav15% Award, "Al's Place." April, 2018
  • Bold Brush Fav15% Award, "Home From the Sea." October, 2017
  • Bold Brush Fav15% Award, "Zane's Braids" September, 2017
  • Honorable mention for "Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler, after John Singer Sargent".  Sacramento Fine Arts Center, In the Style of the Old Masters Show 2017
  • Bold Brush Fav15% Award, "In The Forest, Ft. Bragg, CA." July, 2017
  • Best In Show, for "Campaspe, after John Godward".  Sacramento Fine Arts Center, In the Style of the Old Masters Show, 2015
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