A graduate of Glasgow School of Art Painting Department Lesley Banks is currently enjoying a 15 month Residency at Scottish Canals, funded by Creative Scotland and supported by Falkirk Community Trust and Scottish Canals.

While Lesley has primarily received critical recognition as a figurative painter her work has increasingly turned away from attention to the human figure in particular settings toward the idea of human traces and their effects on the environment. Initially, this later work continued to focus on the domestic interior. The world beyond these interior settings has, until now, mostly been recognised in her work as a ‘trace’ of what lies waiting; what might be found or discovered ‘out there’.

Water has always intrigued Lesley as a painter. From an early travelling scholarship to Amsterdam to more recent trips to Venice, Canals have long had a presence in her work. Attention has increasingly moved towards focussing primarily on the water itself. The layers of the Canal contain the world in reverse. Sky and landscape commingle to produce new abstractions that in turn demand a new approach for her as an artist.


More information detailing open studio afternoons and workshops can also be found on Lesley Banks Paintings Facebook page


SATURDAY 4th AUGUST – 28th AUGUST 2018 at THE LINE GALLERY in LINLITHGOW www.thelineonline.co.uk

Canal Fun day [my photo]

To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the start of the Union Canal, we are delighted to bring new work by Lesley Banks to Linlithgow.
“As artist in residence at Scottish Canals I walked the entire 137 mile canal network. With such a broad spectrum of landscape to cover I spent a lot of time walking and thinking, striving to capture the individual character of each canal.
Canal towpaths provide a little bit of everything, at once rural and urban, they offer unfolding transitional scenery. Hidden in plain sight they are footnotes to the main routes. Accessible to everyone, an easy flat continuous walk, no map required. With its unhurried pace of life, forever set by the past, the canal offers an opportunity for ‘slow looking’.
With this in mind I have chosen to slow down and focus on a small section of the canal in and around Linlithgow. This attractive stretch of canal is a hive of activity, both water and towpath embraced by locals and visitors in a variety of ways. It is very much part of the community.
Through mixed media works on paper and oil on canvas I am paying attention to the changing seasons, the dramatic weather conditions and the present function of the canal for leisure.
The best journeys are worth repeating and on my returning visits to Linlithgow I am constantly amazed at how the shifting light, from dawn until dusk, reflects and alters the water.”
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Twilight Reflections [my photo]

For recent review by Art Critic Clare Henry click on this link: GONGOOZLER and other images