David Hannon is best known for his paintings of allegorical narratives that examine the human condition through his seemingly cynical point of view. His recent work is influenced by life experiences these representational oil paintings of still-life setups provide tweaked personality archetypes of optimists and pessimists that wage an ideological and philosophical battle of wits. This tongue-in-cheek series generates conversation in an attempt to challenge beliefs and confront perceived personal identity.
David Hannon’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at the Tatistcheff Gallery in New York City, Tennessee Tech University, and Earlham College. His work has been featured in group exhibitions that include Two Dark Lines at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky and recently as part of The Echo of the Object traveling exhibition featured at Ball State University, the University of Tennessee’s Downtown Gallery in Knoxville, TN, and the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland. His work has also been shown in many national and regional juried exhibitions at institutions including the Butler Institute of American Art, Xavier University, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago’s Gallery 180, and the Strohl Art Center in Chautauqua, NY.
Since receiving a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA in Painting from Indiana University, he has maintained an active studio practice. He is currently an Associate Professor of Painting in the School of Art at Ball State University.