John Banting Untitled About 1933 © The Estate of John Banting, All Rights Reserved 2017/ Bridgeman Images

Biography

Born 1902
Died 1972
Nationality English

John Banting was born in 1902, in Chelsea, London. He was inspired by the work of the Vorticist movement from a young age and would go on to immerse himself in the world of British Modernism. Before joining the Surrealists, Banting was involved with the Bloomsbury Group, which boasted members such as writer Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) and Duncan Grant. He was also a close companion of the British writer and activist, Nancy Cunard (1896–1965). In 1930, the artist travelled to Paris where he met André Breton, Alberto Giacometti, and Marcel Duchamp, and from this point onwards his work became more surreal in its focus. Most notable are Banting’s woodcut and linocut prints, often executed in bright or bold colours, and cut with bold, confident lines.