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Art off the Rock 2010 - Lot 23

Lesley Banks


Bathroom Study

Oil 290x290cm

Lesley studied at Glasgow School of Art and received an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. After travelling in Europe she worked in the Compass Gallery before taking up painting full-time. She was Artist in Residence at Edinburgh Zoo. She has received many awards including The Spectator, The Britannia Life Lord Provost Prize and The Royal Glasgow Institute Scottish Amicable Award.

Her work is inspired by personal, everyday interiors including her own home. She is interested in how the past and the present overlap. Recurring images, such as empty birdcages, a white silk nightgown and crimson velvet bed-spread, thread the paintings together. Figures rarely engage with the viewer, intent on their own private thoughts or task. She creates an atmosphere of ambiguity and detachment from the outside world.

Exhibitions & Collections:
12 Solo Exhibitions including in 2009 “25 years Retrospective in the Park Gallery, Falkirk and featured in 2008 the RSA Annual. Public collections include Perth Art Gallery and Museum; BBC Television, Lillie Art Gallery and Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow. Private collections in Italy, Belgium, Singapore and Australia.

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