About

Born in 1962, Lesley Banks grew up in Denny, Stirlingshire. In 1980 she began a four year Degree course at Glasgow School of Art specialising in Drawing and Painting.

After graduating she travelled and painted throughout Europe funded by an Elizabeth Greenshields Scholarship.

In 1988 she became a gallery assistant in the Compass Gallery, Glasgow. Here, encouraged by Cyril and Jill Gerber, Lesley began to exhibit more of her artworks winning various prizes and awards, such as The 1991 Scottish Prize, Royal Overseas League London. This gave her the confidence to concentrate on painting full-time.

In 1999 Lesley was appointed ‘Artist in Residence’ at Edinburgh Zoo where her popular “Urban Zoo” exhibition gained funding from the Scottish Arts Council.

Since this time Lesley has exhibited throughout the U.K. and even as far afield as Singapore and the U.S.A.

In spite of a lifelong love of Italy, a country reflected in some of her more recent works, Lesley continues to live and work in Glasgow with her partner and three sons.

Curriculum Vitae

LESLEY BANKS

1980-84 Studied at Glasgow School of Art in the Drawing and Painting B.A. Hons.
1985-86 Received an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. Travelled
around Europe and lived in Amsterdam for 6 months.
1987-89 Part-time assistant in Compass Gallery. Left in 1989 to paint full-time.
1990 Visiting artist – Castle Toward, Strathclyde Education Art Course
1999 Artist in residence – Edinburgh Zoo
2016-2017 Artist in residence – Scottish Canals

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1991 Compass Gallery, Glasgow
1994 Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow
Portland Gallery, London
1995 Beaux Art, Bath
1997 The Substation Gallery, Singapore
1997 Royal Overseas League, London and Edinburgh
1998 Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow
1999 Edinburgh Z00 Residency Exhibition which travelled to the Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery, MacLean Art Gallery and Museum and the Lillie Art Gallery and Museum
2001 From Glasgow to San Gimignano – Bohun Gallery
2001 Arlington Revisited – Cyril Gerber Fine Art – Glasgow
2001 The Bride Stripped Bare – The Edinburgh Gallery
2006 Alexander’s dark Band Cyril Gerber Fine Art
2009 Lesley Banks 25 Years Retrospective at Park Gallery, Falkirk
2011 Heart of the City TC Young, Glasgow
2012 Beyond the Grand Canal – Heartbreak Gallery, London
2013 Beyond the Grand Canal – Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery
2014 Breathing Spaces – Compass Gallery /Gerber Fine Art Glasgow

RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2000 The Edinburgh Gallery Festival Exhibition
2000 DFN Gallery, New York
2001 Thompson’s Gallery, London
2001 ‘New Paintings from Scotland’, Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
2002 Richmond Hill Gallery, London
2006/08/09/14 Discerning Eye Exhibition Mall Galleries London
2007 ‘Body Language’, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
2007/11/12/13/14/15 Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition
2007 Five Lads and a Lassie, Old Lyme Art Association Art Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut and touring to New York
2008/09 Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition
2010 Venice Exhibition Blackheath Gallery London
2012/13 /14 RGI annual exhibition
2012 Love Is Heartbreak Gallery London
2013 Still Spaces –The Allotment Project Compass Gallery
2013 Women Painting Women – Art Exposure Glasgow
2014 /15 London Art Fair

AWARDS

1988 The Spectator, Adam & Co, “Three Cities”
Competition – 2nd Prize
1989 The Spectator, Adam & Co, “An Artists Life”
Competition, 3rd Prize
1990 The Lady Artists Trust Club Award
Teachers Whisky Travelling Scholarship
Royal Institute – David Cargill Award
1991 The Scottish Prize The Royal Overseas League London
Royal Glasgow Institute Scottish Amicable Award
1995 Laing Landscape Award – Highly commended
The Scottish Prize Royal Overseas League
Hope Scott Trust Award
1996 Leverhulme Trust Research Award
Royal Glasgow Institute – Arthur Anderson Prize
1997 Winner The Britannia Life Lord Provost Prize Glasgow
1998 Royal Glasgow Institute, Scottish Amicable Award
1999 Arts Council Award
2000 Mac Roberts Open Award – Art Exposure Glasgow
2008 Scottish Prize ING Discerning Eye -Mall Galleries London
2009 Hope Scott Trust Award
2011,2012 Small painting prize Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition
2015 Open project Funding Award –Creative Scotland

WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTION

Aberdeen Art Gallery
Motherwell District Libraries
Leicestershire Schools Collection
East Dunbartonshire Council
Unilever
Trustee Savings Bank
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Falkirk Council Collection
Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
University of Strathclyde
Grampian hospitals Art Trust
VCR Holdings Ltd Denmark

WORKS IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Italy
Australia
Belgium
Canada
USA
Singapore
New Zealand
and throughout Britain

PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA

Homes and Interiors Scotland –issue 85
Homes and Interiors Scotland- issue 64

Homes and Interiors, Scotland – Issue 13
Taking Risks by Clare Henry
The Spectator (April 1988, April 1989, August 1989)
Harpers and Queen (April 1990)