Michael Hockenbury B. 1977
Oil on panel
20 x 16 inches
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
The inspiration for “It’s Alive” is taken from one of my favorite childhood memories - putting together and painting model kits. From what I remember I really didn't have the patience of gluing model kits perfectly together or having the correct colors, I just wanted to play with them immediately after assembly and let my imagination go wild. Unfortunately the majority of them didn't survive… As I grew older I would still dabble in a few kits here and there but it wasn't until the Heroes, Villains Myth & Legends that I recreated a favorite pastime and my love of trompe l'oeil. I found a model kit of Frankenstein’s monster, he's an all around fascinating story written about a man/monster that was created from various human body parts and brought to life by lighting. My composition resembles what my hobby table looks like after a new kit is assembled and painted. An added touch was including the spruce tree around the composition; it really helped glued the composition together.
Michael E. Hockenbury grew up the only child of a working-class family in Northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from college in 1998, he brought his childhood appetite for wonder and adventure to the now internationally renowned Waichulis atelier, also in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where he was immersed in the classical methods of realism - both ancient Greek and Rome and European Renaissance.
He spent years mastering fundamentals and principles of form, drawing and design. Through dedication, experience, and his singular personality and perspective, Michael E. Hockenbury has not only found his voice, but has contributed to the contemporary American Renaissance of Realism with his noticeable, unique use of color, composition, and message--toys, emphera, fruit/vegetables, sarcasm, nature's little quarks, oddities and history.
Broken, neglected pieces of the past are re-casted for new roles creating a new life of their own. He takes his paintings beyond the surface in order to radiate the inner beauty of his compositions.