Lori F Banks

Ingenuity. Curiosity. New Territory.
lori@loriFbanks.com

 

Education:
Cornell University, B.S.
Design and Environmental Analysis and Graphic Design/Communications.

Continuing Education:
Courses at Pratt and the School of Visual Arts in NYC and at the Philadelphia University of the Arts for advanced study in advertising, illustration and graphic design.
Additional studies in fine arts classes, including portrait sculpture, color study, drawing, abstract painting and collage at PAFA, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Mainline Arts and The Wayne Arts Center.

Artist Statement

Despite the joy and excitement I feel every time I apply paint to a canvas, the experience always has me a little on edge, a little uncomfortable. The art unravels itself as I work, and I am always a little unsure of the final outcome. Each of my paintings expresses a deep part of myself that I am unable to communicate through words. Hopefully, my paintings, will take your mind to a stimulating place, that challenges you as well.

My work is abstract, and my graphic design background is the catalyst, that creates the foundation for my art. My ideas are mostly influenced by nature and my love of the outdoors. I try to capture an unrestrained energy and playfulness through the use of bold colors and spontaneous lines with layered paint.

I have used tree branches covered with paint to create an organic feel to the bottom layers. I also work with a brush attached to the end of a long stick, to generate a spontaneous feel for the initial layers. My canvases are moved as I paint, which prevents the artwork from looking static.

Usually, I am covered with paint when I work, which adds an amusing and pleasurable aspect to the process. I use my fingers, large brushes, acrylic, crayons, various acrylic media, spackling paste, tissue paper, tape and pencils to build the canvases.

Bio
Art and design have been my lifelong passions.
Born to Holocaust survivors in 1957, I grew up in Syracuse New York, graduated from Cornell University in 1979, and moved to Philadelphia after living and working in New York City and Luxembourg.

Since I could hold a crayon, I was constantly drawing and doodling on walls and under couches, where my work was not always appreciated. At age 5, when my mother discovered my carved and painted graffiti creatures along a 15 foot wall in our family room, she promptly signed me up for art classes hoping to spare our furniture and walls from further bursts of creativity.

My dad owned a baking company and as a young teenager, I had free reign with the frosting tubes to decorate cakes. I was inspired by the Swiss baking books that that he brought over from Europe, were he was trained in the 1930’s. Many of the cake designs were influenced by Bauhaus, and my early exposure to this movement introduced me to graphics.

By my 20’s I took a practical approach to art and design and studied commercial art in college. After graduating, I worked in New York City, initially at Comart-Aniforms where I designed multimedia shows for American Express, Revlon, Ford, and Colgate-Palmolive. At Dolphin Productions, I created animated television graphics for Saturday Night Live, the Dick Cavett Show, Saab and other corporate accounts.

In 1981, I worked as a European Creative Consultant for RTL (Radio Television Luxembourg) Productions in Luxembourg, Paris, and Brussels. I handled concept development, design, and execution of computer graphics for television, collateral materials, and consumer advertising campaigns.

I returned to the U.S. in 1982, and started my own business. From 1982-2008 I was the president of LF Banks + Associates, a graphic design/web and corporate branding company. LFB designed solutions for leading corporations, law firms, hospitals, universities, government agencies, non-profits, and other clients. LF Banks + Associates received countless local, regional, national, and international design awards. I sold the business to a Philadelphia design firm in 2008 to pursue painting, teaching and several new business ventures.

Professional Affiliations:
Full Member, Artists Equity see artistsequity.org/members.html
Main Line Art Center Professional Artist Membership, see www.mainlineart.org/membership_info.php
philly.sidearts.com/artists/lorifbanks
www.linkedin.com/in/lorifbanks

Additional Work Experience
Drexel University, LeBow College of Business, Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship
2009- present, Counselor/Mentor

WePac, West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, Philadelphia, PA
2009-present, Reading Tutor and Assistant Art Instructor to 6th graders in West Philadelphia. Also involved with branding development for the organization.

Moore College of Art + Design/Philadelphia Center for Art + Technology (PCAT), Philadelphia, PA
Intro to Graphic Design Instructor

Mural Arts Program’s Restorative Justice Initiative
2008-2009-Volunteer with the Mural Arts Program’s Restorative Justice Initiative for Youth at St. Gabriels Hall. This is a residential program for teenagers who have been detained for criminal offenses. Students receive instruction in the creation and production of murals for their facility.

Art and Spirituality Center, Philadelphia, PA
2009, Art Instructor, worked with poets to create journals in the Philadelphia Schools.

Other Professional Experience
Marketing and business development consultant for a variety of businesses
2008-present

DreamProgram.org
DREAM Philly Advisory Board member.
Focusing on and Strategizing for the growth of the Philadelphia Dream organization.

2013-2015

Partnering with a veterinarian to develop an exclusive line of sugar free, organic herbal biscuits for the equine market
2009-2011

Marketing and licensing a line of empowerment dolls for young girls, with a doll designer
2009-2010

Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA, Marketing, Programming + Planning Committe member
2009-2017

Communications Advisory Committee at Cornell University
2006

Lectured at high school Career Symposium for 10 years and to various local organizations and professional groups about Graphic Design and Branding