Style: Plein-air, Portraits, Landscapes
Background: Allan was born in 1948, he is an American artist. 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 Athenaeum in Hartford, CT, the Newark Museum of Art, and the Springville Museum.
Education: Allan studied with two very fine artists, Richard F. Lack and R. H. Ives Gammell. One of seven artists at Atelier Lack, working from antique casts, life drawing and still life then to portrait and compositional works. A few years later met with R H Ives Gammell and worked under his tutelage in Williamstown, MA.
Achievements: 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.”