Anthony Banks is a painter whose work lies between the abstract and figurative language. His style is characterised by brushstrokes made consciously raw and informal, with a simplicity reminiscent of naïve painting as much as more expressionist styles.
Looking at the 20th century British painters and often drawing inspiration from the landscape around him, Banks has defined a new language to engage with this traditional genre by the use of innovative colour palettes as well as unusual geometric formal devices.
Layers of paint invite the viewer to explore and uncover the shards of images buried within the surface of the canvas as ‘frames within frames’ elements suggest that we are looking at a painting within a painting.
Anthony Banks (b. 1988) studied at the University of Brighton (BA Hons) and completed his MA in Painting at The Royal College of Art, London, in 2016. During his MA he was student prize winner of The Marmite Prize for Painting and has recently been awarded a residency at Bon Volks Art Studio in Margate, UK. Recent selected exhibitions were held at: Kris Day, London (2017); Mernier Gallery, London (2017); and The Dyson Gallery, London (2016).
Platform Foundation Asks
Who is your artistic hero? Ivon Hitchens’ particular blend of British modernity really makes me want to get in the studio and paint - there is no bigger complement to a painting than that. His house was bombed in the Second World War and then he lived and painted out of a caravan in Sussex for most of his life, which I think sums up the romance, loss and melancholy of his work.
Which work of art you wished you owned? I think a Matisse - I can’t choose between “The Goldfish” and “The Red Studio”. I’ll take either.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? The cafetiere, caffeine is key to a productive day in the studio.
Describe your studio in three words: Disorganised, bright, chaotic.
Do you collect anything? Currently ceramics, bonsai trees, friends artworks and mid century coffee tables are my main vices.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? I always put the radio on straight away, I like peripheral noise around me. Cricket commentary is a perfect mix of conversational and entertaining but not distracting, plus it goes on for days. Otherwise Radio 6 Music is a safe bet - I often have both playing over the top of each other which works surprisingly well.