Fiona Banner

Honorary: Doctorate
Position: Painter


Much of Fiona Banner's art explores the problems and possibilities of written language. Her early work appeared as 'wordscapes' or 'still films' - blow-by blow accounts written in her own words of feature films, (whose subjects range from war to porn) or sequences of events. These pieces took the form of solid single blocks of text, often the same shape and size as a cinema screen. Banner's work encompasses sculpture, drawing and installation but text remains at the heart of her practice. She recently turned her attention to the idea of the classic, 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.

Banner has participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide, most recent being 'The Bastard Word' at the Power Plant, Toronto in March / April this year. Other solo exhibitions include Astersik at the Gesellschaft fuer Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, 1999; Stop at Frith Street Gallery, London, Rainbow, 24/7 at the Hayward Gallery in 2001 and major exhibitions at Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen and Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee in 2002. Fiona Banner's work has also been included in Cinema Cinema , Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven in 1999, Total Object, Complete with Missing Parts , Tramway 2, Glasgow, 2001 and Horror, Science Fiction, Porn at The Art Gallery of York University in 2005.

She has made specially commissioned works for HM Treasury and the public plaza surrounding the Mayor of London's Office. Fiona Banner is represented in various collections in the UK & abroad including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum, USA, The Arts Council of England, Tate Gallery, London and the Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis. Fiona graduated from Kingston University in 1989 and was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 2003.