American modernist oil painting
Virginia Banks (1900-1985) was an American modernist artist associated with the Pacific Northwest. Banks was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1920. She received a BFA from Smith College in 1941, and an MFA from the University of Iowa. In the 1950s Banks married, and moved with her husband to Seattle, WA. Although Banks called Seattle her home for the remainder of her life, and was active in the Northwest art scene, she never assimilated into the Northwest School of Art that’s characteristics include Northwest Native culture, Asian aesthetics, and diffused lighting. Virginia instead tended to lean on her influences from her training as a young artist. Later in her career Banks ventured into abstract expression, and then realism, a trend common with 20th century American artists. Her early abstracts works of the 1940s and 50s are the most sought after and consequently command the highest price at galleries and auctions.
Banks exhibited her work in New York galleries and shows, and those of the Pacific Northwest. She also taught art at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
Titled – Lobster Buoys
Provenance: Exhibited at Grand Central Moderns, NY 1949, Paintings of the Year, Pepsi Cola 1948 (exhibition labels verso).
Oil on canvas.
Measures 26” x 48” sight size, and 34 ¾” x 57 ¾” overall including framing.