Artist Biography:

AMY COHEN BANKER

www.amycohenbanker.com e-mail: amycohenbanker@earthlink.net
646-336-8387 or 212-722-4933

UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2007 Monterey Pop inspired portraits (Kevin Kushel, Ovoworks curators)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2007 Billy Name and Warhol Factory, L'Univerre Gallery, 20 rue des Coutures Saint Gervais Paris, France. October 29 - November 29.
Janos Gat Gallery, Amy Banker Now, Inspirations from Poetry of Harrison, Mandelstam, Shakespeare, Dante, Stevens, Jeffers. Feb 6 - Mar 3. - The Metaphor from Poetry to Paint.
Great Barrington Berkshire Coop, May - June, 2007, Years Around Here
Gallery Gora, Quebec , Montreal, Amy Banker Now, Inspirations from Poetry of Harrison, Mandelstam, Shakespeare, Dante, Stevens, Jeffers. The Metaphor from Poetry to Paint. June 19 to July 7, 2007.

2006 Spring Joy, CVB Space, NYC; D’Ars Foundation, Milan, Italy; Recent Drawings and Watercolors, National Association of Women Artists Gallery, NYC
2005 The Relicts Multi-Media Project, CVB Space, NYC; The Lady Who Felt the Earth, Eickholt Gallery, NYC; Dag Hammarskjold Lobby Gallery, NYC; Recent Paintings, CVB Space, NYC
2004 D’Ars Foundation, Milan, Italy; Ezaire Gallery, NYC; Cadena Studios, NYC
2003 Ezaire Gallery, NYC; La Vuelta, Long Island City, NY; Metropolitan Opera House Art Gallery, NYC

Selected Group Exhibitions
2007 Kasia Kay Art, Chicago, IL; HPGRP Gallery, NYC; Barcelona Museum, Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain; The London Jewish Museum of Art, London, UK; Tenth Annual New Marlborough Artists Show, Thee Meeting House/New Marlborough Village Association, Marlborough, MA; Adelphi University, Long Island, "Personal Totems - About, By, For and Of Woman Of Color". Faith Ringgold, National Association of Woman Artists, Joan Greenfield curator; In The Wake of Warhol - CVB Space - Group Exhibition including Billy Name, Kevin Kushel, Amy Cohen Banker and Cynthia von Buhler as curators; University of Pennsylvania, Pa, International Video and Multimedia Group Exhibition; Biennale Firenza; Blue Hill Gallery, Pearl River; Factory Craze Gershwin Hotel, NYC, NY.

2006 The London Jewish Museum of Art, London, UK; Ninth Annual New Marlborough Artists Show, Thee Meeting House/New Marlborough Village Association, Marlborough, MA; Bridges Over Cultures; The Masks Show, Reflections of the Skin, Venezuelan Consulate Gallery, NYC; The Circus, CVB Space, NYC; The Stilled Life, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; Women and Spirituality, The Interchurch Center, NYC; Small Works, The Karpeles Library Museum, Newburgh, NY; Small Works, Port of Call Gallery, Warwick, NY; Large Works, Made in U.S.A, Blue Hill Gallery, Pearl River; Annual Oakes Park Art Exhibition, Old Tappan, NJ; Ryan Chelsea Clinton Medical Center, NYC; Tribes Gallery, NYC; Temporary Cities, Cultural Communications Center, Art Expo, Klaipeda, Lithuania; The Big Arts & Music Festival, Jersey City, NJ.

Art Fairs
2007 Tompkins Square, Art Around The Park, NYC; HOWL Video Festival, NYC
2005 Armory Show, NY Arts Magazine Presentation, NYC; AAF Contemporary Art Fair, AWOL Gallery, NYC

Public Collections
Ben Uri, The London Jewish Museum of Art , London , UK
University of Southern Minnesota, Marshall, MN
Queensborough Community College, Queens, NY
University of Indiana, Sculpture Park, Bloomington, IN
Roosevelt Hospital, Oncology Department, NYC
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Urban Group Marketing, NYC
Warner Brothers, NYC
Fox Studios, NYC
Cooper Industries, TX
Creative Exchange Agency, NYC
Stone Age Murals, Jersey City, NJ
Yeshiva of Great Neck, Long Island, NY
H and M Corporation, NYC
Sciame Corporation, NYC
Israel Humanitarian Foundation for the Holocaust Museum, NY
Membership College Art Association, NYC
Women's Art Archives Research Council
Awards and honors
Member, New York Academy of Science
Cornell Women’s Leadership Council
International Fulbright Scholarship Committee
Member, Board of Directors, The Educational Alliance, Arts & Humanities
National Arts Club
National Association of Women Artists
Women In The Arts
College Women of Japan
Who’s Who in Executives and Businesses, Artists and Designers International
Gold Record of Achievement Award, International Biographical Institute.
College Art Association Member

Related work experience
National Association of Woman Artists, Gallery Director
National Association of Woman Artists, Exhibition Committee Member
The Dead Life, Project Coordinator for Ovo Works, Inc. and Ivy Nicholson
The Ultra Violet Arts Project Coordinator
Coordinator for Barbara Ingber, Artist’s Museum of NYC
Lectures, Princeton University Art Museum
Museum of Modern Art, Membership and Education Departments
Harvard Program Development on Aesthetic Thinking ,with Project Zero
Program Development; Lincoln Center
Scholarship Committee for the Visually Handicapped College Women of Japan
Touch Tours, Art for the Blind ,Museum of Modern Art
Whitney Museum, Director’s Council Member
Assistant to Knox Martin (teaching and research collaborator) ,painting assistant
Theatre set designs at The Medicine Show Theatre
Set design, La Mama Theatre Company
Coordinator for 250 volunteers and 100 international members and Japanese artists located in Japan

Education
Cornell University, B.S.; MS. I.L.R.
National Academy of Design
New York University
New School of Social Research
Parsons School of Design
Art Students’ League
University of Pennsylvania
Temple University
Study in Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Italy, France, Spain, and Ireland

Review

Amy Banker's Recent Paintings

Amy Banker is an artist pursuing her very own vision. An independent by nature, she has developed a passionate style that reflects her considerable intelligence. Devoting herself to the expression of feelings and thoughts at a time when painting itself is being challenged as an art form, Banker has persisted in following her particular path during her two decades on the New York art scene. Individuality is the key to a strong esthetic. Of course, a painter living in New York is affected by the city's long history of action painting. But Banker has also lived in Tokyo for three years, and her work is equally informed by the startling strokes of fifteenth century Japanese scroll paintings. While her rich use of paint emulates no one in particular, Banker's bold effects relate her to almost every artist who paints seriously today. Even if one would find similarities to other artists, it is clear that Banker always maintains her own vision.

Banker sees painting as a kind of performance or action, in which the overlapping brush strokes, colors, and shapes are themselves the building blocks of a nascent esthetics. Objects are absorbed and transformed for the sake of beauty, as the artist moves towards abstraction. Twenty years ago, Banker began by painting a world crowded with objects taken from life: umbrellas, bicycles, apples. In her more recent works, such as her rough approximations of cityscapes or her interpretations of opera, she seems to be increasingly devoted to the abstract. Also, there is more freedom in the handling of paint: her strokes seem to be swifter and she handles her colors ever more whimsically. Banker is someone who is at home in the nonobjective world. As time goes by and as her style evolves, more and more - and this is true about most artists from the fifteenth century on - it is the act of painting itself that concerns her, rather than the registration of objects.

Banker is nothing if not lyrical in her approach to art. Broad bands of paint and curling ribbons of color characterize her most recent paintings. Like many artists who have been influenced by the New York School, Banker finds interest in paint as a medium in itself. Her sense of stylistic allusion emphasizes the physicality of her chosen art form. She presents her viewers with a Gorky-like profusion of organic forms, bending and curling around each other with sensual abandon. Arabesques of red and green, patches of yellow and blue, bloat across her canvases highlighted by the white ground. It is playful painting, intuitively realized-and convincing of the emotional power of her art. At the same time, however, her work is driven by thought; Banker's decisions, in which colors and forms are contrasted and compositional forces evenly played out across the canvas, are painstakingly made. Her paintings are built upon the idea of art as thoughtful 3 action and abandoned pleasure. They comment on the enjoyable activity of the ephemeral gesture, its unfailing ability to render visible the internal state of the artist at a particular instance in time. The unusual skill Banker possesses is important because the premise of her painting' addressing, even well into the Digital Age, the relationship of the outer world of art to the inner world of the painter' reflects on the contemporary understanding of creativity.

Banker is independent as an artist not only because it is in her nature to be so, but also because her style demands to be taken in no terms other than its own. Additionally, a painter's work gains in power as the viewer becomes aware that painting is not only a sensuous but also a serious medium, whose every achievement may be seen as belonging to a continuing tradition in art.

In Banker's paintings there is always a great intricacy to shape and hue; also, more often than not, one finds abstract overdrawings that invigorate the underlying forms and colors. Banker's strong suite may be her sense of color: in her dense, complex paintings the colors overlap and merge, with wispy white brush strokes energizing the work. Or her appeal may lie in the transparency of her forms, which allows the viewer to see through them as if the painting were a palimpsest, and which enables her to be both forceful and delicate, at once solid and ethereal. Ultimately, Banker's main achievement is her ease at creation, the freedom of having nothing to prove.

- Jonathan Goodman