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Richard Banks
(1929 - living?) U.S.A.

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Erotic and portrait painter from Palm Beach. Before moving into portrait painting he was a fashion and commercial artist. Richard studied at the Norton Gallery of Art.

Richard was a strong and fervent supporter of all the arts, but his first love was dance and dancers. He was a friend to many dancers in New York, especially company members of the N.Y.C. Ballet, and many of his drawings are personal sketches and studies of male dancers. These drawings are intimate and unblushingly homoerotic.

He painted the ballerina Alicia Markova and had an exhibition of his paintings of dancers at the City Center Gallery, New York, in conjunction with the New York Ballet's Spring Season 1963.

As well as exhibitions in New York he exhibited in Palm Beach at the Palm Beach Galleries, The Lobster Pot Gallery, Nantucket as well as in Rhode Island and Philadelphia.


Source: entry kindly sent by Raymond Port

Some of his works:

Banks Banks
crayon on paper
Banks private collection - c. 1965
Size: 46 x 56 cm (18" x 22")

Dancers from New York Ballet
Size: 51 x 63,5 cm (20" x 25")
Two young men wrtestling
between 1945 and 1950
Size: 18 x 30,5 cm (7" x 12")

Banks Banks

Banks Banks

pen and ink and colored ink on paper mounted on artist board
Newport - 1965
Size: 61 x 76 cm (24" x 30")


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