Born in Benton Harbor, MI, 1963
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA
The visual and narrative language of coloring books fuels much of the fantastical sensibilities of John Bankston’s oil, acrylic, ceramic, watercolor and sculpture works. As Daniell Cornell of the Queer Culture Center explains, Bankston juggles the art of painting and drawing, representation and abstraction to transport viewers in a world of childlike reveries. The adventure voyages, science fiction, and fairy tales he relays in his work simultaneously touch upon themes of race, gender roles, masculinity, and sexuality.