|Artist||Bannard, Walter Darby (American, 1934-2016)|
|Technique||Alkyd resin Aquatec gel on canvas|
|Credit line||Gift of Dr. Harold F. Daum|
Bannard not only painted emotionally charged works of art, he frequently contributed essays and reviews on art to art journals. He considered himself a painter first and his abilities to paint allowed him a special insight when he wrote about art. He felt this special insight may elude other art journalists who are not artists.
Fellow Color Field artists Jules Olitski and Larry Poons shared Bannard’s beliefs about painting. All three held the attitude that their paintings must convey their deepest held feelings. They accomplished this through their fearless use of color and curious textures.
In Siskin, Bannard conveys his deepest emotions by utilizing his innovative methods with color and texture. Other works by Bannard can be seen in the collections of major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum of Art as well as the collections of other major museums in the United States and abroad. He received numerous awards including a National Foundation for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.