James Gulliver Hancock feels sick when he’s not drawing.
He panics that he may not be able to draw everything in the world… at least once.
James Gulliver Hancock’s obsession with re-imaging his world has seen him work for major print, TV and music publishing releases including: Coca-Cola, Ford Motors, Herman Miller, Businessweek Magazine, The New York Times and Simon&Schuster. He has participated in projects in the USA the UK, Indonesia, Austria, Germany, France and Australia, taking his whimsical perception around the world.
He grew up in Sydney, Australia, and studied Visual Communications at the University of Technology, Sydney. In kindergarten he remembers devising the most complex image he could think of … refusing to move on to the next activity after painting, instead detailing a complex drawing of a city of houses including every detail, every person, and every spider web between every house. He still has the drawing.
In high school he discovered technical drawing. He has always been obsessed with machines and the way things work and rendering the meeting of tiny screws in perfect perspective was a delight. This is now married with a love of colour, paint, and controlled mess as well as connecting it to deeper conceptual and philosophical meaning.
He has traveled extensively including an overland journey from Sydney to London via S.E. Asia, China, Japan, Russia and Europe. Rolling in a typhoon in the sea between Japan and Russia he wondered how he’d save his sketchbook when the ship sank. He undertook artist residencies all over Europe and most recently has been living in New York where he has worked for a wide variety of high profile clients and taken the city by storm with his personal project www.allthebuildingsinnewyork.com
Currently he works out of two studios: one in The Pencil Factory in Brooklyn, New York, and from his homeland studio by the beach in Sydney, Australia.
2013 | All The Buildings In New York, Poketo, Los Angeles
2012 | All The… , Galerie Tremel, France
2012 | Tom & James, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2011 | Tom & James, Galerie Suzi Brunner, Zurich, Switzerland
2011 | All The Buildings In New York, ConArtists Gallery, Lower East Side, New York
2011 | Visions, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2010 | You Win, Nina Sagt Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
2009 | We Will Not Grow Old, No.12 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2009 | Desiring Machine, Lamington Drive Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2008 | Logic & Rupture, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2007 | Thought Patterns, SPACE3 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2006 | Heart Felt, SPACE3 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2005 | Mechano Brutalists, Pigeon Ground Gallery, Sydney, Australia
AWARDS / GRANTS / RESIDENCIES
2013 | Society of Illustrators exhibition and annual, New York
2012 | Society of Illustrators exhibition and annual, New York
2010 | Pencil Factory residency, Brooklyn, New York
2008 | Artomi residency Ghent, New York
2007 | International Cite Des Arts residency Paris, France
2006 | Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship | Austrian Chancellory Residency Vienna, Austria
2005 | Gang Festival residency Indonesia | NAVA artist marketing grant | Australia/Indonesian Institute, Project Grant
2004 | NSW Ministry for the Arts, Project Grant
2002 | SPACE3 collaborative residency London, UK
2000 | University Medal, University of Technology, Sydney
PARTIAL CLIENT LIST
Some of the lovely people I’ve worked with include:
Ford Motors, Herman Miller Furniture (USA), Allstate Insurance, Nylon Magazine, Warner Music (USA), The New York Times, Simon & Schuster Publishers (USA), Chronicle Books, TBWA/Chiat/Day, Leo Burnett, Saatchi&Saatchi, The Times (UK), The Sydney Morning Herald (AUS), Sony/BMG (USA), Readers Digest, Coca-Cola, Island/Universal (UK), MIT publications, Readers Digest (AUS), Allen&Unwin Publishers, Business Review Weekly Magazine, Energizer, Business Review Magazine (USA), Commonwealth Bank, MotorTrend Magazine (USA), ESPN magazine, Sydney Opera House, City of Sydney, Swinburne University, University of Technology, Lonely Planet Publications, Ivy League Records, Australian Financial Review, The Australian Government, MTV Australia, The National Gallery of Australia, Gloria Jeans Coffee, ABCTV.