Thursday, May 9-Saturday, June 1, 2019

Ruth C. Horton Gallery

A number of years ago Gerry Bannan developed an extraordinary series of large-scale still life drawings using black ballpoint pen on expansive sheets of Mylar. Sourcing Northern European Old Master paintings and prints, in particular the 16th-century German master engraver Albrecht Dürer and 17th-century Dutch masters, Bannan re-imagined the vanitas still life tradition—with its focus on the fragility of life and our own mortality—in exceptionally complex and intricate works.

In a departure from his characteristic ballpoint pen still lifes, Bannan has ventured in a new direction, working with watercolor on Yupo paper, a brilliant white Japanese watercolor paper. This exhibition presents a range of the artist’s work but focuses on this new body of work, in which the artist, in addition to introducing color, introduces birds, plants, and other small creatures in vivid, meticulously rendered tableaux of forest and riverbank scenes.

Based in Roanoke, Bannan received a bachelor of fine arts in printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and a master of fine arts in painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is a long term professor of fine arts at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the state of Virginia, as well as in Atlanta and Philadelphia.


Sweet Hatcher Bittern Water, 2018
Watercolor on Yupo paper
18 x 24 inches
Image courtesy of the artist

Green Heron, 2016
Watercolor on Yupo paper
36 x 48 inches
Image courtesy of the artist

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