John Bankston

Born 1963
Hometown Benton Harbor, MI
Lives and Works San Francisco, CA
MFA Painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1990
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, MI, 1989
AB Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1985
John Bankston's paintings and sculptures use the familiar formats of comics and coloring books to tell loosely autobiographical stories about race and gender. Often working in oil on linen, he creates human and animal characters whose boldly drawn and loosely filled-in outlines imply an ongoing process of self-discovery. He has received a Fleishhacker Eureka Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, among other honors, and has been included in important group shows such as the Rubell Family Collection's 30 Americans and the Studio Museum in Harlem's African Queen.

John Bankston Gallery Art


Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

Permanent Collection

Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
City of Chicago, Harold Washington Memorial Library Center, IL
de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, CA
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, OH
Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
The Studio Museum, Harlem, NY

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