Glasgow Meets Venice in New Lesley Banks Art Exhibition at Skypark
On Monday 20th April, Skypark's walls will offer views of the Kibble Palace and Tuscan landscapes as a new art exhibition begins in the business campus' newly refurbished gallery space. The featured artist, Lesley Banks, paints in themes inspired by Glasgow and Italy and this oil-based selection will showcase those two locations depicted in Banks' atmospheric style.
Lesley Banks from Glasgow, gained a number of travelling scholarships to Tuscany and Venice, and her collection is inspired by her experiences in Scotland and Italy. She said: "My love affair with Italy has led to many visits. Venice is a city of dream like menace, rising out of the water with decaying grandeur, impossibly beautiful and almost unreal especially in the mist. The light in Glasgow by contrast has its own unique quality, demanding a distinctive rich colour range. Whether in Scotland or Italy, l feel compelled to create new memories of these experiences on canvas. Giclée prints of selected works will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition and original works or commissions can also be arranged."
Skypark offers Scotland's first business hotel concept, resulting in a cutting-edge campus, atmosphere and services from the Finnieston site. The donated art gallery was established in 2011, taking art to thousands of workers as they go about their business.
Angela Higgins, asset manager of Skypark added: "We are thrilled to have Lesley Banks' work in our refurbished gallery space. As a supporter of the Glasgow arts scene, we offer artists the chance to pitch their work to the public beyond traditional art galleries and gain some marketing support. We urge other artists to get in touch with their ideas."
The exhibition opens in Skypark 1 on 20th April and runs to 6th June. There will be a public preview evening on Thursday 23rd April, 6-8pm that Lesley Banks will attend.
The artist studied at the Glasgow School of Art and since 1989 has been a full-time painter. Her work has appeared in group exhibitions in various galleries across Scotland and the US, and her paintings can be found in private collections across the world as well as places closer to home like Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
For more information on Lesley Banks, please visit www.lesleybanks.com and 'like' her 'Lesley Banks Paintings' page on Facebook. To find out in which galleries you can view Lesley's work, please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/lesley-banks
Skypark, is calling for artists to exhibit their work in a newly refurbished gallery space. To find out more please contact Lisa@skypark-glasgow.com.
Images: 'Fireworks - Green and Gold' and 'Fog in the Arcades' by Lesley Banks