The Explorer

John Bankston's avatar John Bankston

“The Explorer” is the most recent chapter of my ongoing visual novel, The Capture and Escape of Mr. M or Tales from Rainbow Forest. The work tells the story of the eponymous hero’s adventures as he makes his way through a new part of Rainbow Forest. The story is divided into three sections: Farewell, The Encounter, and The Cave. Each section is comprised of 3 drawings (22"x30", watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic on paper) and punctuated with a painting (40"x30", oil on linen over birch panel). Farewell- the explorer says goodbye to his friends and is off. He is followed by by birds and butterflies which he discovers are machines. The Encounter- the Explorer is surprised by a group of small men wearing animal masks. They welcome him with flower garlands. The garlands, however, soon become bindings and he becomes their captive. The Cave- one of the small men leads the explorer to a cave. As they make their way into the cave, they encounter a rock monster. When they leave the cave they encounter a machine - an Abstracticator, the purpose of which is unstated. The presentation at the Grand Rapids Art Museum is an excerpt of the full work but presents the arc of the the narrative.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: oil on linen
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 40 inches