gilbert hancox & surrealist hidden personality


Gilbert Hancox’s “Hidden Personality” is showcasing at Figureworks in Brooklyn, NY from November 5 – December 18, 2016 (Reception – Sunday, November 6th from 1-3PM)

Born just outside of London, England in 1908, Gilbert Hancox moved to New York when he 18 and studied at the Art Students League.  With this training, he became a theatrical scenic artist, painting stage sets for operas, plays, ballets and television.  A master in trompe l’oeil and baroque design, he operated his own studio and executed numerous sets for the leading performance houses, notably the Metropolitan Opera Company.

The work in this exhibition, is his “hidden personality”. This was work he never revealed to the public and was created after midnight throughout the night.  It was through this work that he spent a lifetime revealing the subconscious secrets of his mind through surrealism.  These visions were far reaching and covered every aspect of his emotions. They carry elements that can be painful, cynical, witty and/or sensual.

Hancox created these drawings until end of his life, even when a stroke completely paralyzed one side of his body.  He strove to express something at the very edge of his consciousness, something that was intended only for his eyes. Now it is shared to connect others to these mysterious thoughts.

Figureworks is located at 168 North 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211, one block from the Bedford Avenue “L” train. The gallery is open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 PM and is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary and 20th century fine art of the human form.  For more information please call 718-486-7021 or visit us online at  Content reprinted courtesy of Randall Harris, Director.


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