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.
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.
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.
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.
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.