Marcia Banks

1934

Artist biography

Marcia Banks is an established contemporary visual artist, Marcia Banks was born in 1934. Also born in 1934 and of this same generation are Elisabeth Axmann, Luigi Angelico, Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Zaelani Abdul Kadir, and Giovanni Anselmo.

Further Biographical Context for Marcia Banks

Born in 1934, Marcia Banks grew up during the 1950s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Important artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary reassessment of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.