Stephen Hannock was born in Albany, New York in 1951. From 1971 to 1984, he lived in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he was apprenticed to Leonard Baskin until 1975 when he moved full-time to New York City. Considered one of the foremost contemporary luminist painters, Hannock’s best known subject is the Connecticut River Oxbow, in western Massachusetts, represented in a series he’s been producing for more than fifteen years. His works are part of public collections worldwide, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C,. and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Hannock shares an Oscar for his work on the 1998 film What Dreams May Come, starring Robin Williams. And in 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Art from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
The artist currently lives in New York City and Williamstown, Massachusetts.