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Career Path
Susan Banks studied painting at Croydon College of Art in the 1960s, gained her M.A. in 1995 and completed her M.Phil thesis, The Relationships Between Female Subjectivities And Contemporary Painting By Women in 2000. Her work has been exhibited widely since early solo shows at the University of Leeds and at Leeds Playhouse in 1972. She was an art tutor for the University of Hull until 2010.

Solo Shows
The paintings grouped as Elusion and Revision are founded in a fascination with the art of the past and are generated by a need to elude and revise the frequently troubling meanings of traditional narratives. The resulting decorative and richly textured abstract paintings hint at rather than reveal a complexity of sometimes subversive meanings that invite re-interpretation from their viewers.
Divertimenta is a body of abstract paintings produced between 1998 and 2007, it was shown at Red gallery, Hull in 2008, Persistence Works, Sheffield, in 2007, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe in 2005, The Ropewalk, Barton on Humber in 2003, the Peterborough Art House and the Oxmarket Centre of Arts in Chichester during 2002.

2021 False Doors and Timeless Thresholds, Orchard Gallery, Gunby
2012 Elusion and Revision, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby
2008 Divertimenta, Red Gallery, Hull.
2007 Divertimenta, Persistence Works, Sheffield.
2005 Divertimenta, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe.
2005 Solo Show, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston.
2002 Divertimenta, Oxmarket Centre for the Arts, Chichester.
2002 Divertimenta, Peterborough Art House, Peterborough.
2002 Divertimenta, The Ropewalk, Barton on Humber.
1991 Solo Show, Harding House, Lincoln.
1991 Solo Show, The Kunsthalle, Königswinter, Germany.
1989 Solo Show, Matilda Gallery, Sheffield.
1984 Solo Show, Louth Area Arts Gallery, Louth.
1972   Solo Show, Leeds Playhouse Gallery.
1972 Solo Show, University of Leeds Gallery.

Group and Joint Shows

2019 Chameleon, Surface Gallery Nottingham, 

2018   #200 Fish, North Sea Observatory, 2018

2017  Gifted and Present, The Steel Rooms, Brigg

2017  Nasty Women: fundraising show, Stour Space, Hackney, London

2017    International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

2015    Painted Surface, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

2015   International Postcard Show. Surface Gallery, Nottingham

2014   Stuft all Over Again, Red Gallery, Hull.

2013   GO - Grimsby Open Exhibition, Abbey Walk Gallery.

2009   Open Exhibition, 20 –21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe.
2008   Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Open Exhibition, Nottingham.
2007 Women’s Work, University of Hull.
2007 Humber to the Wash, Ropewalk, Barton on Humber.
2005 Signs of the Times, with Tim Oelman, Willesden Gallery, London.
2005 Open Exhibition, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe.
2003 Abstract Painting, Normanby by Spital, Lincolnshire.
2001 Women’s Work, Artlink Exchange, Hull.
1995 M.A. Degree Show, Hull School of Art.
1994 Site Specific Installation, Alvingham Watermill, Lincolnshire.
1989 Flatlanders, Louth.
1976 Studio 10½, Hull, with Pru Green Pottery.

On-line Journals  
2011 Elusion and Revision.
2010   featured artist,

Art Education
1995-2000 M. Phil. Painting and Research, University of Lincolnshire and Humberside.
1993-1995 M.A. Art Theory and Practice, University of Humberside.
1963-1966 Vocational Painting, Croydon College of Art.

Thesis, Papers, Publications

1994  BBC Radio: Women’s Art Theory & Practice.
1994  Drawings in LEVER, R. [ed].[1996] Her mind’s Eye: Images & Poems by Women: London.
1998  University of Lincolnshire & Humberside: Women’s Studies Network Conference, Paper: Women Painters and Gendered Space.
2000  The Role of Aesthetic Quality and The Sublime in the Strategic Identification of Female Subjectivity in Painting by Women: University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.
2000  M.Phil. Research Thesis: The Relationship Between Female Subjectivity and Contemporary Painting by Women

 Susan Banks's Axis artist profile


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