David Hancock lives and works in Manchester and is currently employed as the Residency Co-ordinator at the Chinese Arts Centre. He studied Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 1996, and was included in that years Northern Graduates exhibition at the Royal College of Art.
In 1999, he was selected for the John Moores 21 Contemporary painting exhibition, and in 2000 his work was included in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. In the same year he was a resident Artist at Work at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, and had his first solo exhibition in a Public Art Gallery at Cartwright Hall in Bradford.
In 2001 David was the first artist to have a solo exhibition at Comme Ca's new Chorlton Mill Gallery in Manchester, and won City Life's Visual Arts Exhibition of the Year 2001. He was also profiled in the March edition of Art Review. His work was Commended in the BP Portrait Prize and he was Shortlisted for Fresh Artist 2001 at the Business Design Centre. David had solo exhibitions at the View 2 Gallery, Liverpool, and at the Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax. He was also included in Battle for Realism at Inside Space in Selfridges and Perverse Pop at Catto Contemporary in London.
In 2002 David was Shortlisted for the BOC Emerging Artist Award and throughout October, embarked upon a one-month artists residency, funded by the Arts Council and British Council, at DDM Warehouse in Shanghai. As part of this, he exhibited a selection of his Beautiful People series. In 2003 David had solo exhibitions at the Kirkby Gallery, Merseyside, the Storey Gallery, Lancaster, and at Comme Ca in New York. In 2004 he co-curated the touring group exhibitions We didn't mean to be bad kids, TV made us do it that commenced in Warrington and travelled to Glasgow and Hertfordshire University and Le Petit Paysage that debuted in the Liverpool Biennial Independents 04 before travelling to Comme Ca, Manchester.
In 2005, David exhibited at The City Gallery, Leicester. He was also included in 'Young Masters' as part of ArtFortnight London and 'Children of the Grave' at the Agency. In 2006 David curated the group show 'Jerusalem' and was included in 'i-POD Killed the Video Star' curated by Ken Pratt at Showroommama in Rotterdam. David had his first solo show in London at the Agency. In 2007 he had a solo exhibition at Transit, Mechelen, Belgium and will appear in 'Teenage Kicks' curated by Ken Pratt at Vegas Gallery, London.