George Hancin
91 Sylvan Road
Whitinsville, MA

George Hancin
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Artist Statement & Resume

The past thirty years I have been concentrating on urban, suburban, and rural landscape painting. I have been exploring how light, shadow, time, and seasonal changes describe a place and set mood. I am interested in how architecture, cars, street signs, etc. interact with the natural environment. I am fascinated with commonplace neighborhoods and the subtle strangeness they can evoke.  I try to balance these narrative and representational issues with formal ones like color, surface, and mark.

I try to stay away from traditionally picturesque motifs. I look for locations that are more local and personal to me. I’ll walk about my neighborhood and try to let my mind wander into an introspective place. It will be in these solitary moods that I see these normal places in a fresh and innocent manner. When I am in such a mood; the light cascades across a lawn, the shape of a shadow, the color on the back of a mailbox will fascinate me. It’s these moments I try to capture in my paintings.

For the past few years I have been surrounding my painting with wide decorative frames. They are intended to isolate and glorify these normal places and to show that a normal place can have aspects of the sublime. The decretive motifs surrounding such American places, hopefully creates a conflict that has people looking at these places in a fresh and new way.

I believe my art is in the progressive painting tradition of western art. I look up to that figurative painting tradition that runs through the renaissance to modern times.  There has been a revitalization of that tradition in the past 40 years. One can look back to the Bay area painters and Richard Diebenkorn as a beginning of this movement. Fairfield Porter is also seen as a grandfather of this movement.  Neil Welliver, Janet Fish,  George Nick, and too many others to mention have been labeled as new realist. A possible definition maybe an artist that is working in realistic manner but is aware of contemporary art and is personally reacting to it in one way or another. Thats what I try to do with my art, by combining tradition with my own ideas and vision.

George Hancin



1987       Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

M.F.A. Painting and Printmaking

Studied with: Bernard Chaet, William Bailey, and Lester Johnson

1984 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Fifth Year Certificate

1982 Diploma, Painting and Drawing

Studied with: Barnet Rubenstein, Henry Schwartz, and George Nick

1976 Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

B.F.A. Art Education, Cum Laud


1995-Present Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA, Art Teacher

1988- Present The Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, Drawing & Painting
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Drawing, Painting, & Watercolor

1988-2005 DeCordova Museum School of Art, Lincoln, MA, Drawing & Painting

Concord Carlisle High School, Concord, MA, Art Teacher

1987-92 Newton Art Center, Newton MA, Watercolor

Brockton Museum School, Brockton, MA 

1987 Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

Teaching Assistant to Bernard Chaet, Drawing

1985 North Shore Community College, Lynn MA, Drawing & Painting

1983-84 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Teaching Assistant to Barnet Rubenstein, Painting

1979-1981 The South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA Children’s Drawing & Painting

1976-77 The Ridgewood Local School District, West Lafayette, OH

Elementary Art Teacher

1976 The Lordstown School District, Lordstown, Ohio

Student Teaching, K-12

Solo Shows

2005    Bromfield Art Gallery, Thayer Street, Boston, MA

2003 Bromfield Art Gallery, Thayer Street, Boston, MA

1999 Bromfield Art Gallery, Thayer Street, Boston, MA

1997 Bromfield Art Gallery, Thayer Street, Boston, MA

1994 Bromfield Art Gallery, South Street, Boston, MA

1992 Bromfield Art Gallery, South Street, Boston, MA

1990 Bromfield Art Gallery, South Street, Boston, MA

SCAT Gallery Somerville Arts Lottery Grant Exhibition, Somerville, MA

1987 Yale School of Art Gallery, M.F.A. Thesis Show, New Haven CT

1984 CycloramaFifth Year Exhibition, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA

Group Shows

1989-2010 Worcester Art Museum Faculty Exhibitions, Worcester, MA

1991-2005 Annual Bromfield Gallery Members Show, Boston, MA

1995 Bromfield GalleryAmong friends Again, South Street, Boston, MA

ARTcetera, Boston, MA

1994 Bromfield GalleryBromfield Twentieth Anniversary Show, South Street, Boston, MA

1993 The Southborough Arts CenterA Juror’s show, Southborough, MA

1989-1993 Annual Vernon Street Open Studios, Somerville, MA

1992 The Amos Eno GalleryCollaborationNew York, New York

Artcetera, Boston, MA

The Newton Art Center Facility Show, Newton MA

The Museum School Fine Exhibition/ Sale,  Boston, MA

1991 Babcock GalleryParticular Places, New York, New York

Shelburn Farm Art Exhibition, Shelburn, VT

1990 Brickbottom Gallery An Exhibition of 27 Grant Winners, , Somerville, MA

BVAU GalleryB.V.A. U. Members Show, Boston, MA

1989 Sky Walk GalleryB.V.A.U. Prudential Show, Boston, MA

Cambridge Art Association Gallery Landscape, Cambridge, MA

Newton Art center Faculty Show, Newton MA

Grossman Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Staff Show, Boston, MA

1988 Gallery303Places I Remember, Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, GA

Newton Art Center Faculty Show, Newton MA

Brockton Art Museum Faculty Show, Brockton, MA

Museum School Fine Arts Exhibition/Sale, Boston, MA

1987    Museum School, Fine Arts Exhibition/Sale, Boston MA

1986 WWAC GalleryEmerging Artist, Westport, CT

1985 Cambridge Art Association Gallery LandscapeCambridge, MA

Cambridge Art Association GalleryRealismCambridge, MA

1984 Dana Pond Painting Competition, Museum School, Boston, MA

Print and Drawing Show, Museum School, Boston, MA 

Museum School Fine Arts Exhibition/Sale, Boston, MA

1982   The Mcguffey Art Center Group Show, Charlottesville, VA

1980 The South Shore Art Center Summer Show, Cohasset, MA

1976 & 75 Kent State Student Independent Show, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Reviews & Awards

2003 The Boston Globe, Friday, March 21, Review by Cate McQuaid

1997 Artsmedia, July/August, Review by Cecily Cravens

1994 Art New England, April/May, 20 yrs at the Bromfield Gallery

1986-87 Yale School of Art tuition Scholarship

1978-82     School of the Museum Fine Arts Tuition Scholarship

1976 Cum Laude, Kent State University

1975 & 76 Judges Award, Kent State Student Independent Show, Kent Oh

Related Experiences

2001 Judge, Charlton Arts Fair, Charlton, MA

1999 Judge, Southborough Arts Association Annual Show, Southborough, MA

1997 Judge, Brookline Arts Association Members Show, Brookline, MA

1998 Visiting Artist, Marlborough Arts Fair, Marlborough, MA

1992 Judge, Grove’s Anatomy, Grove Street Gallery, Worcester, MA

1991 Judge, Everett Art Association Annual Show , Everett, MA

1990   Judge, Marblehead Festival of Arts, Marblehead, MA

1989 Judge, Southborough Arts Association Annual Show, Southborough, MA

1988 Visiting Artist, Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, GA’

1985-87 Gallery Assistant, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT  

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