Fiona Banner

The nam

Born: 1966; Merseyside, England

Studio: London, England

Kingston Polytechnic, London;
Goldsmith's College, London, England

The bastard word

Following on from her solo show, 'Font', at Frith Street Gallery, a major exhibition of Fiona Banner's work runs at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, from 10 October 2015 until 17 January 2016. Other recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Wp Wp Wp’ (Yorkshire Sculpture Park to 4 January 2015); 'MISTAH KURTZ- HE NOT DEAD' (PEER, London, 2014); 'The Vanity Press' (Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2013); ‘Unboxing: the Greatest Movie Never Made’ (I30IPE, Los Angeles, 2012).


Banner’s current work encompasses sculpture, drawing and installation but text is still at the heart of her practice. She recently turned her attention to the idea of the classical, art-historical nude, observing a life model and transcribing the pose and form in a similar vein to her earlier transcription of films. Often using parts of military aircraft as the support for these descriptions, Banner juxtaposes the brutal and the sensual, performing an almost complete cycle of intimacy and alienation.

‘Harriet and Jaguar’, the artist’s acclaimed Duveen Commission at Tate Britain was on display in 2011. Her temporary installation ‘A Room for London’, was at London’s South Bank Centre in 2012.

Short-listed for The Turner Prize in 2002, Banner's work is represented in many collections in the UK & abroad including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum, The Arts Council of England, Tate Gallery, London and the Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis.

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