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.

Allan 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


“With outstanding 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.”

Robert Stenstrom, Fine Art Dealer


“Your portrait (of our children) is still my favorite of the commissions we had done.”

John Sall, SAS Institute Co-founder and Executive VP

"He's 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


© Allan R. Banks

Boy with Scythe, 2009,o/c, 60" x 36"

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