Richard Banks

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Richard Banks: Artist

A notice from 1962: "Lobster Pot Gallery Nantucket, Massachusetts Presents July 15-20 {1962}RICHARD BANKS. This is the first Nantucket showing of paintings by the young Palm Beach Artist Richard Banks. Mr. Banks studied at the Norton Gallery of Art. His paintings are contemporary in spirit and arrestingly realistic. It is Mr. Banks' feeling that the grace and flow of line in his work can be attributed to his experience in musical composition. His talent for design and color are immediately evident. At present Mr. Banks' paintings are in many private collections including those of: Mr. and Mrs. Chester Dale, Mr. Carl Van Vechten, Mr. and Mrs. James Reid Parker, General William Young."

Mr. Banks was included in a Portraits in Review: 1962-1963 Portraits Inc.{Gallery}, 136 East 57th Street New York, New York - May 15 through May 29, 1963.

Some of his Exhibitions in the 1960's were: Palm Beach Galleries, Palm Beach 1962; Lobster Pot Gallery Nantucket 1961-62; Southampton Gallery, Southhampton, L.I. 1962; New York City Center, New York City 1963; Newman Art Gallery Philadelphia, PA 1963; Cushing Memorial Hall, Newport Rhode Island 1963; Galaxy Gallery, Phoenix Arizona 1964; Palm Beach Galleries, Palm Beach Feb 1964.

From and article in Dance Magazine March 1963 titled: "Impressions in Paint and Words": "Alicia Markova, who recently announced her retirement from active dance, continues her career as choreographer and lecturer. The lovely ballerina, famed for her delicate, Romantic style, is seen here, late January, with Richard Banks and his portrait-in-progress of her. 'I was unprepared and fascinated by the directness of her gaze' says Mr. Banks, 'and how different she is on and off-stage.' 'Dancers,' says Richard Banks, 'are special people.' Allegra Kent 'is not flesh and bones - she's really air!' and Alicia Markova to the painter, is 'like Mt. Olympus.' Born and brought up in the elegant atmosphere of Palm Beach, Mr. Banks has been and commercial and fashion artist and more recently a successful society painter. With an ability to readily capture the likeness of a subject, he started with portraits in tempera and changed to oils. He has always admired the beauty of his dancer-friends, and so, with no thought of profit as motivation, he has focused his attention on making a record of their unique radiance. His portraits, most of which are life size - five or six feet, are accomplished in one or two sittings. He doesn't want the dancers to pose in movement. And yet, since a non-dancer pose might be static, he searches for a characteristic stance. He uses color to catch what he considers the aura of the individual personality. March 12 - April 21, in conjunction with the N.Y.C. Ballet's spring season, City Center Galleries presents an exhibition of Richard Bank's portraits of dancers . . ."

RB 23. A work on paper by Richard Banks (unsigned). Size: 18" x 24". Pencil on paper. Condition: scuffs and smudging consistent with use and age. Name in pencil written on the top left corner: "Charlie Baker" which I believe is the subject. A young man poses with his back to the viewer with his right hand resting on a the back of a chair. Sold.

RB 26. A work on paper by Richard Banks (unsigned). Size: 15" x 23". Black ink on paper. Condition: scuffs and smudging consistent with use and age; tear to the lower right corner. Frontal portrait of a young man. Price:SOLD

RBX 4. 18" x 26" framed; unsigned ; tempera and pencil on paper. Price: $1,250.00

RBX 7. 13" x 8.5". Ink on parchment with applied colored paper. Fold to the paper by the right foot of the male figure. Unsigned: SOLD

RBX 9> see RBX 8. SOLD

RBX 15. 18" x 21.5". Ink on paper. Signed: Richard Banks: SOLD.

RBX 16. 24.5" x 21.5". Pencil on paper; Unsigned; edge tears and staining: sold

RBX 17. Size: 18.5" x 24" Pencil on paper. Unsigned; Subject Mark Ewald. sold

RBX 18. 23.5" x 18". Pencil on paper. Signed Richard Banks and pencil notation on the back "Rickey" SOLD

RBX 19. 18.5" x 24". Pencil on paper; unsigned: SOLD.

RBX 28. Size: 24" x 30". Watercolor, pen and applied decorations on still artist board; Unsigned. Price: $250.00.

Here we show past inventory of works by Richard Banks sold from our Gallery in Newport Rhode Island

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