Artist Lesley Banks

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Lesley Banks

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Media Oil
Type Landscape/Seascape
Price £595.00 / $723.36
Size 34 x 29 cm
Ref 21634

Born in 1962, Lesley Banks grew up in Denny, Stirlingshire. In 1980 she began a four year Degree course at Glasgow School of Art specialising in Drawing and Painting.

After graduating she travelled and painted throughout Europe funded by an Elizabeth Greenshields Scholarship.In 1988 she became a gallery assistant in the Compass Gallery, Glasgow. Here, encouraged by Cyril and Jill Gerber, Lesley began to exhibit more of her artworks winning various prizes and awards, such as The 1991 Scottish Prize, Royal Overseas League London. This gave her the confidence to concentrate on painting full-time.

In 1999 Lesley was appointed 'Artist in Residence' at Edinburgh Zoo where her popular "Urban Zoo" exhibition gained funding from the Scottish Arts Council.Since this time Lesley has exhibited throughout the U.K. and even as far afield as Singapore and the U.S.A.

In spite of a lifelong love of Italy, a country reflected in some of her more recent works, Lesley continues to live and work in Glasgow with her partner and three sons.

1962 Born 1980-84 Studied at Glasgow School of Art in the Drawing and Painting B.A. Hons.

1985-86 Received an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. Travelled around Europe and lived in Amsterdam for 6 months.

1987-89 Part-time assistant in Compass Gallery. Left in 1989 to paint full-time.

1990 Visiting artist – Castle Toward, Strathclyde Education Art Course

1999 Artist in residence – Edinburgh Zoo

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1991 Compass Gallery, Glasgow

1994 Gerber Fine Art, Glagow

Portland Gallery, London

1995 Beaux Art, Bath

1997 The Substation Gallery, Singapore

1997 Royal Overseas League, London and Edinburgh

1998 Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow

1999 Edinburgh Z00 Residency Exhibition

2000 Corrymela Scott Gallery (at Geoffrey Hugall Antiques)

2001 “From Glasgow to San Gimignano” - Bohun Gallery

2001 Arlington Revisited – Cyril Gerber Fine Art – Glasgow

2001 The Bride Stripped Bare – The Edinburgh Gallery

2006 'Alexander's dark Band', Cyril Gerber Fine Art

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1984 New Generation Artists - Compass Gallery Glasgow

1984-88 Scottish Society of Artists, The Mound, Edinburgh

1987/88 The Christmas Show, Compass Gallery

1988 Aberdeen Artists Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Fruitmarket Gallery Open Exhibition, Edinburgh

Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, The McLellan Galleries, Glasgow

1988/89 Bath Contemporary Art Fair

1989 The Paisley Drawing Competition

Scottish Contemporaries, The Barbizan Gallery, Glasgow

The John Player Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery. London

David Morrison Portrait Award, R.S.A. EdinburghThe Spectator, Adam & Co "An Artists Life" Exhibition. Edinburgh and London, "Spink & Son"

1990 Critic's Choice" - Clare Henry Selects Scottish artists for Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames

1990 Five Girls from Glasgow, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

Small Paintings, Bohun Gallery's Christmas Show

1992 Edinburgh Art Fair

‘Jobson’s Choice’ Jill George Gallery, London

1993 BP Portrait Competition

Royal Glasgow Institute Glasgow

1994 Royal Glasgow Institute

1995 BP Portrait Competition

The Scottish Morrison Portrait Award, RSA Edinburgh

‘A Sense of Place’, SSA Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling

1996 Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition

Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Mall Galleries, London

The Laing Landscape Competition

Royal Overseas League Annual Open Exhibition

Robert Burns Bi-Centennary Exhibition toured to several venues including The Scottish Museum, Edinburgh SSA and RSA Edinburgh, Elected Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

Roger Billcliffe Fine Art Summer Exhibition

1997 Glasgow Art Fair

1998 Collector’s Choice, Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow

Portland Gallery, London

Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

Quantum Fine Art, London

Society of Scottish Artists

2000 The Edinburgh Gallery Festival Exhibition

2000 DFN Gallery, New York

2001 Thompson’s Gallery, London

2001 ‘New Paintings from Scotland’, Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

2002 Richmond Hill Gallery, London

2006 Discerning Eye Exhibition

2007 'Body Language', Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

2007 Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition

2007 Five Lads and a Lassie, Old Lyme Art Association Art Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut and touring to New York

2008 Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibitionand annually at Islington Art Fair, London

Glasgow Art Fair

Bohun Gallery , Henley on Thames.

AWARDS

1988 The Spectator, Adam & Co, "Three Cities" Competition - 2nd Prize

1989 The Spectator, Adam & Co, "An Artists Life"Competition, 3rd Prize

1990 The Lady Artists Trust Club Award

Teachers Whisky Travelling Scholarship

Royal Institute – David Cargill Award

1991 The Scottish Prize The Royal Overseas League London

Royal Glasgow Institute Scottish Amicable Award

1995 Laing Landscape Award – Highly commended

The Scottish Prize Royal Overseas League

Hope Scott Trust Award

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

2000 Macroberts Open Award – Art Exposure Glasgow

2008 ING Discerning Eye - winner of the Scottish Prize

WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTION

Aberdeen Art GalleryBBC Scotland

Motherwell District Libraries

Leicestershire Schools CollectionLillie Art Gallery

Unilever

Trustee Savings Bank

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Perth Art Gallery and Museum

WORKS IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Italy

Australia

Belgium

Canada

USA

Singapore and throughout Britain.

PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA Homes and Interiors, Scotland – Issue 13

Taking Risks by Clare Henry

The Spectator (April 1988, April 1989, August 1989)

Harpers and Queen (April 1990)