K B Hancock
4 November - 29 November
K B Hancock has a studio in Tetbury tucked away above The Backyard Gallery, Long Street. Known for being self-critical and reclusive, K B Hancock is consumed by his passion for achieving pure impressionism and light in his oil paintings of France, and considers that every day when he does not paint is a day of his life that is lost forever. He is a full member of La Société Nationale des Beaux Arts who have been hosting the Paris Salon since 1890. He is the only British member and joins an elite list of painters which includes Puvis de Chavannes; Ernest Meissonier; Auguste Rodin; Eugene Boudin; Burne-Jones; John Singer-Sargent; Alfred Sisley; James McNeill Whistler and Matisse, to name but a few.
He is a modest man who likes to say 'I was given a little talent and during my life I have stretched it a mile wide'. His international collectors would disagree. He was given a great deal of talent and learnt the mechanics of paintings with a 'maître' in Paris as a boy. He is a master of his own style of impressionism, of marine paintings, and in fact of anything he wishes to turn his hand (or brush!) to.
There could be no more perfect a setting for K B Hancock’s blend of impressionist and abstract works than Cowley Manor. With the Manor’s famous gardens of natural springs, a series of lakes and Victorian cascades; the grounds echo the impressionist style then embraces the abstract with contemporary furnishings throughout the country house hotel.