Lot 353 - Lesley Banks - Pensive Girl
Watercolour and Gouache on Paper
A6 (15 X 10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on verso
In my early career I focused on my life and those around me, seeking out the quintessential
ordinariness of everyday life to create figurative interiors inspired by my tenement flat in Glasgow.
I was also a member of the Victorian Arlington Baths and produced two exhibitions using
In search of a new challenge I successfully applied to be Artist in Residence at Edinburgh Zoo with the help of a Scottish Arts Council Grant; I produced “Urban Zoo’ , an exhibition of paintings, photography and sound.
Several trips to Italy sometimes on holiday sometimes grant assisted resulted in exhibitions
featuring atmospheric Italian interiors and landscapes.
I recently completed a project with Scottish Canals as their first Artist in Residence funded by Creative Scotland. I walked and painted along the 137 miles of the Scottish canal network. So far the “Gongoozler” paintings have been exhibited in Glasgow, Falkirk, Linlithgow, Coatbridge, and Inverness.
I work mainly in oils but have recently been experimenting with mixed media and watercolour on paper.
BA Hons [Fine Art] Drawing and Painting Dept Glasgow School of Art
1995 Laing Landscape Award – Highly commended
1996 Leverhulme Trust Research Award
Royal Glasgow Institute – Arthur Anderson Prize
1997 Winner The Britannia Life Lord Provost Prize Glasgow
1998 Royal Glasgow Institute, Scottish Amicable Award
1999 Arts Council Award
2008 Scottish Prize ING Discerning Eye -Mall Galleries London
2009 Hope Scott Trust Award
2015 Open project Funding Award –Creative Scotland
2017 Paisley Drawing Competition prize winner
1994 Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow
Portland Gallery, London
1995 Beaux Art, Bath
1997 The Substation Gallery, Singapore
1997 Royal Overseas League, London
1998 Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow
1999 Edinburgh Z00 Residency Exhibition
2001 Bohun Gallery Henley on Thames
2001 Arlington Revisited, Cyril Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow
2006 Cyril Gerber Fine Art
2009 Lesley Banks 25 Years Retrospective at Park Gallery, Falkirk
2012 Heartbreak Gallery, London
2014 Compass Gallery /Gerber Fine Art Glasgow
2017 Gongoozler Park Gallery Falkirk
Compass Gallery/Gerber Fine Art Glasgow
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
These small postcard watercolour paintings are studies for larger oil paintings. During lockdown I was drawn back to interior figurative work and thinking about what "Home" means to us. My husband has been working from home since the pandemic began, I have painted him at his desk "Home Office". "Bath by Candlelight" is a self portrait and "Pensive Girl" is a portrait of friend's daughter.
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