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Painter Stephen Hannock ’74 speaks at Common Hour

Story posted September 08, 2000

Painter Stephen Hannock ’74, who coordinated many of the Academy Award-winning special effects of the film What Dreams May Come brings his reflections on life as a painter in the third millennium to this week's Common Hour.

Hannock is a graduate of Hampshire College who spent his first and sophomore years at Bowdoin. He was born in Albany, New York, and spent his formative years in Northampton, Massachusetts, under the apprenticeship of Leonard Baskin and Elizabeth and Agnes Mongan. He is internationally known for his luminous and atmospheric landscape paintings of flooded rivers, Whistleresque rockets launched into the sky, as well as his depiction of the Connecticut River Oxbow.

Hannock’s technique of polishing the surface of his paintings with a power sander produces his signature light effects and has led to wide recognition as one of the foremost contemporary American luminist painters. His work has been reproduced in numerous publications, such as Art in America, Architectural Digest, Art and Antiques, and Newsweek.

Hannock’s work is in many public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

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