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Walter Darby Bannard

(1934)
A modernist style painter and writer whose primary concern was color relationships, he was a student at Phillips Exeter Academy and then a graduate of Princeton University in 1956. At that time, he began to paint seriously, and his early paintings show the influence of William Baziotes, Theodoros Stamos, and Clyfford Still.

In the early 1960s, he painted hard-edged works with circular and rectangular shapes in close valued pastel colors and forms that seemed to float in color. However, after 1965 his forms became looser and amorphous. In the early 1970s, his major interest seemed applying paint thickly to surfaces rather than arranging forms.

Bannard’s first solo show was at the Tibor de Nagy gallery in January, 1965 and he had exhibitions there until 1970. He began showing at the Lawrence Rubin Gallery, and then in 1974 at the Knoedler Contemporary Gallery, where he showed for the next 15 years. Currently he shows at the Loretta Howard Gallery and the Berry Campbell Gallery in New York City, the Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles and the Center for Visual Communication in Miami, Florida. He has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries nationally and internationally to the present day.

He has been a lecturer at numerous universities and from 1984 to 1989 was on the graduate faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. From 1989 to 1992, he chaired the Art Department at the University of Miami and lived in Coral Gables.

His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, and Metropolitan Museum in New York City, the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.