Banks Compton presents paintings of personal stories that are rich with narrative, symbolism, and mystery. Each painting is a visual poem that brings to light the beauty of everyday life and the underlying epic nature of the commonplace. Compton often references Italian Renaissance paintings and finds inspiration in character archetypes described in religious writings. He invites the viewer to find themselves in his work and relate to the paintings raw expression of openness and adventure.
COMPTON ADMITTED TO RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN
May 27, 2017
Banks Compton is unshaken that he will not attend his senior year of high school. He is not bothered by the fact that the institutional doors he will darken in September are exactly 1,265 miles away from the halls of Demopolis High School. For Banks, all the reasons not to go pale in comparison to the one big reason to go.
MEET BANKS COMPTON | ARTIST, GRAPHIC DESIGNER, AND EVENT ENTHUSIAST
January 4, 2022
I paint and draw stories from life. I like to think of my art as visual poetry. Like poetry, my art isn’t always literal, but there is a cadence to my work that reflects the highs and lows of life. I draw inspiration from traditions and stories passed down through time. I set myself apart from others because of my approach to painting. I see each painting as an opportunity to unearth a story understood by everyone through a perspective that is unique to me. I do not aim to criticize but rather celebrate, the glory and mystery of life’s adventure.