Allan R. Banks is internationally known
for his plein air figure
paintings, portraits, and garden paintings. He is listed in Who's
Who in American Art, and has numerous works in private and public
collections including the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT, the Newark
Museum of Art, and the Springville Museum.
R. Banks' vision and progressive nature may be seen in works ranging
from portraiture, garden paintings, and interiors, as well as in major
figure works at the studio or in plein air. Stylistically, Banks
relates most closely to the naturalist painters of nineteenth-century
France, particularly Jules Bastien-Lepage, the naturalist movement's
chief proponent and greatest practitioner.
Banks’ own works show his technical prowess in
characterizing the human figure as well as in a keen sensitivity for
recording the evanescent quality of atmosphere and outdoor light. His
skillfully wrought canvases mark him not only as a talented craftsman,
but as a link in the great chain of naturalist painters.
American Artist Magazine
draftsmanship, Banks’ paintings are at once harmonious and vivacious
and, whether portraying his subject in dappled sunlight or in the
luminous light of dusk, they are studded with fragments of light
that eternally preserve them. His canvases reveal reflective figures
as if one were discovering the innermost private moments of his subjects.”
Stenstrom, Fine Art Dealer
“Your portrait (of our children)
is still my favorite of the commissions we had done.”
Sall, SAS Institute Co-founder and Executive VP
one of the best, if not THE best, out-of-door figure painters using
natural color. It's important to understand the tradition he comes
from, and how very few people are accomplished in that area."
Richard F. Lack, Artist/Author
Boy with Scythe, 2009,o/c, 60" x 36"