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LESLEY BANKS Beyond the Grand Canal


The artist would like to give her special thanks to Fiora Gandolfi and Lady Romilly McAlpine for their inspiration and support for this exhibition.


LESLEY BANKS Beyond the Grand Canal 12th October – 11th November 2012

Heartbreak 17 Bulstrode Street | London W1U 2JH T: 020 3219 5710 | E: info@heart-break.co.uk

Open: 10 – 6 Monday – Saturday & 11 – 4 Sunday www.heart-break.co.uk


Beyond the Grand Canal For Lesley Banks, it was not St. Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs or Peggy Guggenheim’s Palazzo that captured her heart when she visited Venice for the first time; it was the people of the city – the Venetians, their homes and the way they lived their daily lives in the touristflooded City. Wanting to capture the very essence of Venetian life, Banks has visited the city many times – meeting and getting to know the residents who gave her a more intimate view of their City. Beyond the Grand Canal features fifty oil paintings and works on paper inspired by the charismatic and charming people Banks met whilst in Venice. The beguiling Fiora Gandolfi was central to her discovery of a more intimate view of the City as she welcomed Banks into her world. We see glimpses of Gandolfi’s glorious home, a visit to her favourite espresso bars and a trip to the Rialto fish market at 6am. Peering through the bedroom window, we see a view of one of the many waterways and watch the mist forming across the lagoon. Through this intimate portrait, Venice comes alive and beckons you once more.

Born in 1962, Lesley Banks grew up in Denny, Stirlingshire and studied at Glasgow School of Art. Awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Travelling Scholarship, Banks travelled across Europe from 1985-86, spending six months painting and studying in Amsterdam. Banks has exhibited extensively since 1988 in Glasgow and London and has won numerous awards and prizes. Her work is featured in public and private collections worldwide, including the Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow. In spite of a lifelong love of Italy, a country reflected in much of her recent work, Banks continues to live and work in Glasgow with her partner and three sons. Front Cover: Interior, Palazzo Benzon | Oil on canvas | 12” x 12” | Catalogue No.34

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Back Cover: Lady Romilly’s Window | Pastel on paper | 12” x 18” | Catalogue No.27 | Enquire about this item


Fiora in her kitchen Oil on canvas | 20" x 20" | Catalogue No.39 | Enquire about this item

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Pink Chair - Blue Table

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Oil on canvas | 40" x 40" | Catalogue No.48

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Teapot Oil on canvas | 4" x 4" | Catalogue No.1 | Enquire about this item

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Squinty Carpet

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Oil on canvas | 16" x 12" | Catalogue No.38 | Enquire about this item


To Bed Oil on canvas | 16" x 12" | Catalogue No.36

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Fiora’s Tabletop

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Oil on canvas | 12" x 12" | Catalogue No.32 | Enquire about this item


Fiora’s Table Oil on canvas | 20" x 20" | Catalogue No.41 | Enquire about this item

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Into the Garden

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Oil on canvas | 16" x 12" | Catalogue No.37

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Fiora’s garden Oil on canvas | 20" x 20" | Catalogue No.40

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Venetian Pots

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Oil on canvas | 12" x 12" | Catalogue No.33 | Enquire about this item


Red table Oil on canvas | 12” x 12” | Catalogue No.31

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Bridge

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Oil on canvas | 40" x 40" | Catalogue No.49 | Enquire about this item


Little Fish Oil on canvas | 20" x 20" | Catalogue No.44 | Enquire about this item

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Canal in Dorsoduro

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Oil on canvas | 8" x 8" | Catalogue No.16 | Enquire about this item


Waiting Gondoliers Oil on board | 5" x 5" | Catalogue No.7

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Rialto Scavengers

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Oil on board | 6" x 12" | Catalogue No.21 | Enquire about this item


Mask and Heart Oil on board | 6” x 12” | Catalogue No.20 | Enquire about this item

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Rialto Fishmarket I

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Oil on canvas | 8" x 8" | Catalogue No.17 | Enquire about this item


Rialto Fishmarket II Oil on canvas | 8” x 8” | Catalogue No.18 | Enquire about this item

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Late night Music

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Oil on board | 6" x 8" | Catalogue No.11

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Christmas Lights from the Rialto Bridge Oil on board | 8” x 10” | Catalogue No.22 | Enquire about this item

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Fog in the Piazza

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Oil on canvas | 20" x 20" | Catalogue No.47

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Fog in the Arcades Oil on canvas | 20" x 20" | Catalogue No.45 | Enquire about this item

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Fog on the Riva degli Schiavoni

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Oil on canvas | 20" x 20" | Catalogue No.46 | Enquire about this item


Fog in a Lagoon Oil on canvas | 40" x 40" | Catalogue No.50 | Enquire about this item

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Lemons

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Oil on canvas | 4" x 4" | Catalogue No.2

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Venetian Pots (Study II) Oil on canvas | 4" x 4" | Catalogue No.4

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Bowl and Birds

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Oil on canvas | 4" x 4" | Catalogue No.5

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On the Silver Tray Oil on canvas | 4" x 4" | Catalogue No.6

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Lemons from Rome

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Oil on canvas | 4" x 4" | Catalogue No.3 | Enquire about this item


Fiora in colour Pastel on paper | 16.5" x 18.7" | Catalogue No.25 | Enquire about this item

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Venetian Pots (Study)

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Oil on board | 6" x 8" | Catalogue No.15 | Enquire about this item


Heart in the Fishmarket Oil on canvas | 6" x 8" | Catalogue No.13 | Enquire about this item

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Rialto Later

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Oil on board | 6" x 12" | Catalogue No.19

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Late night Chat Oil on board | 6" x 8" | Catalogue No.10 | Enquire about this item

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Music in the Evening

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Oil on board | 6" x 8" | Catalogue No.51 | Enquire about this item


Bar Americano, St Mark’s Square Oil on board | 6" x 8" | Catalogue No.12

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Outside the Accademia

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Oil on canvas | 8” x 10” | Catalogue No.24

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Late Night Music in the Piazza Oil on canvas | 8" x 10" | Catalogue No.23

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Step One

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Oil on canvas | 20" x 20" | Catalogue No.42 | Enquire about this item


Step Two Oil on canvas | 20" x 20" | Catalogue No.43 | Enquire about this item

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Fog in the Piazza (study)

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Oil on board | 6" x 8" | Catalogue No.14

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Lady Romilly’s Window Oil on canvas | 12" x 10" | Catalogue No.30 | Enquire about this item

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Palazzo Benzon (study)

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Oil on canvas | 5" x 5" | Catalogue No.9

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Palazzo Benzon - Red Lamp Oil on canvas | 12" x 12" | Catalogue No.35

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Palazzo Benzon Doorway

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Pastel on paper | 12" x 17.8" | Catalogue No.28

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Piero’s Doorway Pastel on paper | 12" x 18" | Catalogue No.29 | Enquire about this item

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Teapot Lemons Lemons from Rome Venetian Pots (Study II) Bowl and Birds On the Silver Tray Waiting Gondoliers Cafe Campo Margharita Palazzo Benzon (study) Late night Chat Late night Music Bar Americano, St Mark’s Square Heart in the Fishmarket Fog in the Piazza (study) Venetian Pots (Study) Canal in Dorsoduro Rialto Fishmarket I Rialto Fishmarket II Rialto Later Mask and Heart Rialto Scavengers Christmas Lights from the Rialto Bridge Late Night Music in the Piazza Outside the Accademia Fiora in colour Fiora Reading Lady Romilly’s Window Palazzo Benzon Doorway Piero’s Doorway Lady Romilly’s Window Red table Fiora’s Tabletop Venetian Pots Interior, Palazzo Benzon Palazzo Benzon - Red Lamp To Bed Into the Garden Squinty Carpet Fiora in her kitchen Fiora’s garden Fiora’s Table Step One Step Two Little Fish Fog in the Arcades Fog on the Riva degli Schiavoni Fog in the Piazza Pink Chair - Blue Table Bridge Fog in a Lagoon Music in the Evening

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LESLEY BANKS Beyond the Grand Canal

12th October – 11th November 2012

Heartbreak 17 Bulstrode Street | London W1U 2JH T: 020 3219 5710 | E: info@heart-break.co.uk www.heart-break.co.uk

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