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Banks Compton sits in one of his grandmother's rocking chairs and admires his most recent mural in Linden, Alabama.
It's one of three murals he painted this year in the Black Belt city, population 2,000. Compton, who spent his early childhood in Mobile before the family moved to Demopolis, is quickly becoming known for his vibrant murals that are helping to bring communities together.

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MEET BANKS COMPTON

April 7, 2022

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I paint murals mostly now. I love to create larger-than-life landscapes.

I like to distort the landscape and add pops of surprising color to create a sense of joy and energy. I am most proud of a recent mural I completed in Linden, Alabama. This mural was one of the first steps in revitalizing the small town. It has had a transformative impact on the town and its people.

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COMPTON BRINGS ART ON A LARGE SCALE TO WELCOME LINDEN VISITORS

March 10, 2022

Maybe it was working on the Christmas on the River floats when he was in high school or creating the iconic rooster cutout for Rooster Day.
It could have been the summer he worked for Kerns Studios in New Orleans creating Mardi Gras floats.
Whatever piqued his interest, Banks Compton now creates art on a large scale. The latest is a mural on the side of a building owned by Pat and Lee Akins. It welcomes people to Linden as they travel south on U.S. Hwy. 43.

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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.

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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.

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EXHIBITIONS

2015-2021

ARTIST SHOW CASE, SOLO SHOW, RENAISSANCE SQUARE, PHOENIX, AZ 2022

FOCAL POINTS: MINIMAL VS MAXIMAL, JOINT EXHIBIT, FOUND:RE CONTEMPORARY, PHOENIX, AZ 2021

TINY BIENNIAL, JOINT EXHIBIT, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, ROME, ITALY 2020

PAINTING DEPARTMENTAL SHOW, JOINT EXHIBIT, GELMAN GALLERY, PROVIDENCE, RI 2019

SOPHOMORE SHOW, JOINT EXHIBIT, MEMORIAL HALL, PROVIDENCE, RI 2019

PAINTING A DAY, JOINT EXHIBIT, MEMORIAL HALL, PROVIDENCE, RI 2018

BANKS COMPTON, SOLO EXHIBIT, BRYAN W. WHITFIELD GALLERY, DEMOPOLIS, AL 2016

DELTA ILLUMINATED, JOINT EXHIBIT, THE ARTISTS’ PLACE, MOBILE, AL 2015

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EDUCATION

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN

PROVIDENCE, RI
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, PAINTING 2021

GRADUATED WITH HONORS

EUROPEAN HONORS PROGRAM 2020
ROME, ITALY

PARSONS PRE-COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY 2016

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