Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Dreams and Nightmares, 22 May – 15 July 2012;
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Animals in Art, 8 January – 16 March 2014;
Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Century: 100 Modern British Artists, 23 October 2016 – 8 January 2017;
Woking, The Lightbox, Is there still life in Still Life? 15 July – 1 October 2017
John Banting was drawn to Surrealism in Paris in 1930, an influence which was to remain central to his work throughout his life. The themes of music and birds dominate his output and represent antagonistic themes of decay and intimations of death. The colourless face and skeletal hands are juxtaposed with the colourful dynamism of the birds and squeezebox keyboard. We are encouraged to open ourselves up to the life of music and colour.