Artist Lesley Banks

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Lesley Banks

Media Oil
Type Landscape/Seascape
Price £595.00 / $749.28
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 Course1999 Artist in residence – Edinburgh ZooSOLO EXHIBITIONS1991 Compass Gallery, Glasgow1994 Gerber Fine Art, GlagowPortland Gallery, London1995 Beaux Art, Bath1997 The Substation Gallery, Singapore1997 Royal Overseas League, London and Edinburgh1998 Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow1999 Edinburgh Z00 Residency Exhibition2000 Corrymela Scott Gallery (at Geoffrey Hugall Antiques)2001 “From Glasgow to San Gimignano” - Bohun Gallery2001 Arlington Revisited – Cyril Gerber Fine Art – Glasgow2001 The Bride Stripped Bare – The Edinburgh Gallery2006 'Alexander's dark Band', Cyril Gerber Fine ArtGROUP EXHIBITIONS1984 New Generation Artists - Compass Gallery Glasgow1984-88 Scottish Society of Artists, The Mound, Edinburgh1987/88 The Christmas Show, Compass Gallery1988 Aberdeen Artists Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Fruitmarket Gallery Open Exhibition, EdinburghRoyal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, The McLellan Galleries, Glasgow1988/89 Bath Contemporary Art Fair1989 The Paisley Drawing CompetitionScottish Contemporaries, The Barbizan Gallery, GlasgowThe John Player Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery. LondonDavid 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 Thames1990 Five Girls from Glasgow, Compass Gallery, GlasgowSmall Paintings, Bohun Gallery's Christmas Show1992 Edinburgh Art Fair‘Jobson’s Choice’ Jill George Gallery, London1993 BP Portrait CompetitionRoyal Glasgow Institute Glasgow1994 Royal Glasgow Institute1995 BP Portrait CompetitionThe Scottish Morrison Portrait Award, RSA Edinburgh‘A Sense of Place’, SSA Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling1996 Royal Glasgow Institute Annual ExhibitionRoyal Society of Portrait Painters, The Mall Galleries, LondonThe Laing Landscape CompetitionRoyal Overseas League Annual Open ExhibitionRobert 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 ArtistsThe Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, LondonRoger Billcliffe Fine Art Summer Exhibition1997 Glasgow Art Fair1998 Collector’s Choice, Billcliffe Fine Art, GlasgowPortland Gallery, LondonBohun Gallery, Henley-on-ThamesQuantum Fine Art, LondonSociety of Scottish Artists2000 The Edinburgh Gallery Festival Exhibition2000 DFN Gallery, New York2001 Thompson’s Gallery, London2001 ‘New Paintings from Scotland’, Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames2002 Richmond Hill Gallery, London2006 Discerning Eye Exhibition2007 'Body Language', Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow2007 Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition 2007 Five Lads and a Lassie, Old Lyme Art Association Art Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut and touring to New York2008 Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibitionand annually at:Islington Art Fair, LondonGlasgow Art FairBohun Gallery , Henley on Thames.AWARDS1988 The Spectator, Adam & Co, "Three Cities" Competition - 2nd Prize1989 The Spectator, Adam & Co, "An Artists Life"Competition, 3rd Prize1990 The Lady Artists Trust Club AwardTeachers Whisky Travelling ScholarshipRoyal Institute – David Cargill Award1991 The Scottish Prize The Royal Overseas League LondonRoyal Glasgow Institute Scottish Amicable Award1995 Laing Landscape Award – Highly commendedThe Scottish Prize Royal Overseas LeagueHope Scott Trust Award1996 Leverhulme Trust Research AwardRoyal Glasgow Institute – Arthur Anderson Prize1997 Winner The Britannia Life Lord Provost Prize Glasgow1998 Royal Glasgow Institute, Scottish Amicable Award1999 Arts Council Award2000 Macroberts Open Award – Art Exposure Glasgow2008 ING Discerning Eye - winner of the Scottish Prize WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONAberdeen Art GalleryBBC ScotlandMotherwell District LibrariesLeicestershire Schools CollectionLillie Art GalleryUnileverTrustee Savings BankKelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.Perth Art Gallery and MuseumWORKS IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONSItalyAustraliaBelgiumCanadaUSASingaporeand throughout BritainPUBLICATIONS & MEDIA Homes and Interiors, Scotland – Issue 13Taking Risks by Clare HenryThe Spectator (April 1988, April 1989, August 1989)Harpers and Queen (April 1990)