Fiona Banner was born in Merseyside, UK, in 1966 and gained her BA in Fine Art at Kingston Polytechnic 1n 1989 and her MA in Fine Art from Goldsmith’s College in 1993. Her work explores the possibilities and limitations of language in relation to art practice. In 2003 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize.
Recent solo exhibitions include Arsenal, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, 2004; NUDE, Frith Street Gallery, London, 2006; 1301PE, Los Angeles, CA, 2006; All The World’s Fighter Planes, Printed Matter, New York, 2006 and The Bastard Word, Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 2007. Recent group exhibitions include Summer Exhibition, Frith Street Gallery, London, 2006; This is not for You, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2006; Live/Work: Performance into Drawing, MOMA NYC, 2007; Body Politicx, Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2007; Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, NY, 2007; Collection as Aleph Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Kunsthaus Graz, 2008; Armory Art Fair, Project with Tracy Williams Ltd, Fiona Banner & Matt Mullica, 2008 and That was then…this is Now, MOMA, New York, 2008.
The artist lives and works in London and is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London.
January 29, 2016Study #13: Every Word Unmade
David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF) 17-18 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ 29 January - 5 March 2016
December 6, 2013CHARITY BOOK: The Artist’s Colouring Book of ABC’s
A number of contemporary artists have collaborated on a charity project to create a children’s alphabetical colouring-in book, titled The Artists’ Colouring Book of ABC.
The project was created by Charlotte Colbert (of Humpty Dumpty Publishing) and the people behind Alteria Art. The funds raised will go to London based Kids Company Charity. The charity was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996, supporting vulnerable inner-city children.
CLOSE OF BIDDING EVENT Wednesday 18 May, 18.30 – 20.30
The Drawing Room Biennial Fundraiser has become one of London’s art world key biennial events. Since 2003 over 600 established and emerging artists, from the UK and abroad, have generously made a unique work on paper in support of the non-profit gallery’s programme.
February 9, 2011‘A Room for London’ installation on Southbank Centre
David Kohn Architects and artist Fiona Banner have been selected to design A Room for London, a temporary installation that will sit on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre, London and be part of the London 2012 Festival.
Fiona Banner’s largest work to date, Harrier and Jaguar brings the highly-charged physicality of two real fighter jets, both previously in active military service, into the unexpected setting of the neoclassical Duveen Galleries. Harrier and Jaguar has been specially devised for the Tate Britain Duveens Commission 2010, supported by Sotheby's.
The work is on show until 3rd September 2011 at the Tate Britain.
June 25, 2010Nothing is Forever at South London Gallery
The artworks have been painted directly onto the gallery walls and will be painted over at the end of the show, evolving from art to architecture as they become part of the structure of the building. Artworks include a 13-storey high design on a tower block and a 5000-word film script handwritten directly onto the walls.
The exhibition runs until 5th September 2010. For more information visit our blog.
Millennium and The House of Fairy Tales present an exhibition of over 100 artworks exploring folklore, mythology and metamorphoses with emerging, established and internationally acclaimed artists, including Fiona Banner.
January 20, 2010Fiona Banner for Tate Duveens Commission
Congratulations to Fiona Banner who has been invited to create an installation for Tate's Duveens Commission. The new work, created specially for the galleries at the heart of Tate Britain, will be unveiled on June 28th and displayed until January 3rd, 2011.
On receiving the invitation she said, "I'm looking forward to the prospect of working within the phallic pillars of this extraordinary grandiose space."
Tate Shots: Fiona Banner Airplanes
Art Quarterly: Louisa Buck on Fiona Banner, Summer 2010
To read Louisa Buck's recent feature in Art Quarterly on Fiona Banner, including her live performance, Performance Nude, click here to download.
For this year's Duveen commission Fiona Banner places recently decommissioned fighter planes in the incongruous setting of the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain.
"I remember long sublime walks in the Welsh mountains with my father, when suddenly a fighter plane would rip through the sky, and shatter everything. It was so exciting, loud and overwhelming; it would literally take our breath away. The sound would arrive from nowhere, all you would see was a shadow and then the plane was gone.
At the time harrier jump jets were at the cutting edge of technology but to me they were like dinosaurs, prehistoric, from a time before words." – Fiona Banner
Watch a video on Banner's fighter plane installation at Tate Channel.