I am a renowned artist who doesn’t just embrace the multi-culture of Southern Louisiana; I share it with others and help them appreciate the unique lifestyle enjoyed in this vibrant corner of the world. My images often adorn books, CD’s, magazines, posters, apparel, and television programs to promote Louisiana, United States, and Europe in advertising campaigns. My signature series and most popular body of work is the Little Red Tricycle, which portrays a red tricycle that a little Creole girl pedals with gusto down a country lane. It’s an expression of me, but when others see it they tell me that they see themselves in the paintings. In my commissioned art works you will find a small tricycle image next to my signature Banks. This truly identifies my trademark as the tricycle. My musical series often comes from the region’s Jazz, Cajun and Zydeco’s music, embodied in two series of paintings representing those visceral musical genres. The emotional energy flowing from the music influences the colors in my artwork. I have often been told by admires, they can feel the music in the brushstrokes. My art journey doesn’t stop there; I have seven different series. I am also an art community activist by reaching back to share my art knowledge to special education students as an Art Instructor. I wrote and illustrated a children’s book called The Journey of Little Red Tricycle “Zoë meets Gumbo”.
Artist + Vergie Banks
Describe your art in three words.
Cultural, Cubism/ Abstract
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in your community? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
Family Oriented, Acadiana and New Orleans
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
Most images come from dreams or hearing different genres of music
Where do you draw inspiration?
Zydeco and New Orleans Jazz Festivals
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Master Artist’s Picasso and Modigliani
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Zydeco (Creole) music and Contemporary Jazz
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Beach or sailing
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I enjoy riding bikes or dancing
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where y’Art Works Gallery by appointment.
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