Growing up in Arkansas City, Kansas in the 1980s, artist Jamison Chas Banks experienced his fair share of American small town life. "It was all football and barbecues," he explained in a phone interview, recounting his younger years smack dab in the middle of the Great Plains. He continued to paint a picture of quintessential America: his father is a Vietnam veteran, his uncle served in combat during World War II and his late grandfather played semi-professional baseball in and around Oklahoma.
"The paradox is, I'm Native American," he added. "There's this dichotomy. I can never quite address it completely, but it has totally encompassed my career."