Michael Banks


Artist Statement


Michael Banks is an artist from Alabama, who knew from the time he was a child that he wanted to be an artist. A self-taught painter, Michael has abandoned tradition on many levels and, in the process, succeeded in achieving a place in the wider world of contemporary American art. His presence has brought excitement to the “folk” genre, creating a bridge for several younger painters to follow.
With this development has come a significant increase in demand for his painting. His work is collected by lovers of self-taught art, & by those with an interest in contemporary art, as well.

Michael is deeply creative, with experimentation and resourcefulness always integral parts of his process. His painting of disparate imagery on salvaged boards, using acrylic & enamel with an over-painting of turpentine & tar all add to the intrigue.


"Last Supper"

mixed media on panel

24" x 24"


mixed media on panel

36 1/2" x 24"

"Flight of Lumper"

mixed media on panel

36 1/2" x 24"


mixed media on panel

48" x 40 1/2"


mixed media on panel

48" x 41"


mixed media sculpture

12" x 39" x 6"

"Angel of Love"

mixed media sculpture

7" x 28" x 4 1/2"

"Angel 1"

mixed media sculpture

6" x 26" x 4"

"Angel 2"

mixed media sculpture

5" x 25" x 4"

Bennett Gallery

2104 Crestmoor Rd

Nashville TN 37215