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“If you don’t own a train company then you go and paint on one instead. It all comes from that thing at school when you had to have name tags in the back of something.. that makes it belong to you. You can own half the city by scribbling your name over it.” – Banksy
Banksy is an artist who is widely regarded as a vandal. No one truly knows what his name is, and the details of his life such as when and where he was born are sketchy. His work revolves around topics such as politics, capitalism, religion, and different cultures. His artwork is done with stencils and spray paint, and is often accompanied by slogans.
Quite often his artwork on the streets is painted over or removed by councils due to public outcry and disgust. Banksy is regarded by most art experts to be a vandal and a nuisance, despite the fact that he has held successful art exhibitions of his own and inserted himself into a few others. One of the most famous of these is when he hung a parody of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.
Banksy’s artwork shows his disdain for authority and capitalism. His artwork often features rats doing various misdeeds. When a number of them were painted over by the government, they were repainted tenfold, now with placards protesting there disappearance and placing themselves within the art world.
Banksy uses punk and thug themes in his work, especially in relation to older people;
“The time of getting fame for your name on its own is over. Artwork that is only about wanting to be famous will never make you famous. Any fame is a by-product of making something that means something. You don’t go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a shit.”
Police/army are another main theme that is used and abused…
And here are some more of Banksy’s works, some painted over, some covered and protected, some removed and sold at auction…
“Remember crime against property is not real crime. People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access.”
I think Banksy’s art is impressive and symbolic of our times. It’s a shame so many people do not like his work and want to destroy it, though is does paint certain authorities in a bad light… His work continues to appear in all areas around the UK and the world and this will hopefully continue for a long time.
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