30 Americans: John Bankston

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29 Days to 30 Americans 

(born 1963)

The visual and narrative language of coloring books fuels much of the fantastical sensibilities of John Bankston’s oil, acrylic, ceramic, watercolor, and sculpture works. Curator Daniell Cornell, who organized Bankston’s 2006 exhibition Locating Desire at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, expressed how Bankston juggles the art of painting and drawing, representation and abstraction, to transport viewers in a world of childlike reveries. The adventure voyages, science fiction, and fairy tales he relates in his work simultaneously touch upon themes of race, gender roles, masculinity, and sexuality.

Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at http://arkansasartscenter.org/30-Americans.


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photo: Milwaukee Art Museum, http://mam.org/

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