Thursday, April 19, 2007

Robert Banksy the Street Graffiti Artist

































































Robert Banks (born 1974), better known as Banksy, is a well-known yet pseudo-anonymous English graffiti artist from Yate near Bristol. His artworks are often satirical pieces of art which encompass topics from politics, culture, and ethics. His street art, which combines graffiti with a distinctive stencilling technique, has appeared in London and in cities around the world.

Banksy started as a freehand graffiti artist in the late 1990s as one of Bristol's DryBreadZ Crew (DBZ), often assisting writers Kato and Tes. In 1998 he arranged the enormous 'Walls On Fire' graffiti jam on the site of the future '@t Bristol' development. The weekend long event drew artists from all over the UK and Europe and his organisation of the event established his name within the European graffiti scene. By 2000 he had turned to the art of stencilling after realising how much less time it took to complete a 'piece'. He claims he changed to stencilling whilst he was hiding from the police under a train carriage, and soon became more widely noticed for his art around Bristol and London

Banksy's stencils feature striking and humorous images occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist, anti-establishment or pro-freedom. Subjects include animals such as monkeys and rats, policemen, soldiers, children and the elderly. He also makes stickers (the Neighbourhood Watch subvert) and sculpture (the murdered phonebox), and was responsible for the cover art of Blur's 2003 album Think Tank.

After Christina Aguilera bought an original of Queen Victoria as a lesbian and two prints for £25,000, on 19 October 2006 a set of Kate Moss paintings sold in Sotheby's London for £50,400, setting an auction record for Banksy's work. The six silk-screen prints, featuring the model painted in the style of Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe pictures, sold for five times its estimated value. His stencil of a green Mona Lisa with paint dripping from her eyes sold for £57,600 at the same auction.

On 7 February 2007, Sotheby's auction house in London auctioned three Banksy works and reached the highest ever price for a Banksy work at auction of over £102,000 for his Bombing Middle England. Two of his other graffiti works, Balloon Girl and Bomb Hugger, sold for £37,200 and £31,200 respectively, which were well above their estimate prices.
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38 comments :

Terrie said...

fantastic! I'd never seen this before, nor anything like it. Thanks a million for sharing!!!

Dr. Zaius said...

Amazing photos, what a great post!

Wormfather said...

Very neat!

mscrew said...

great!

krim said...

At least 2 of those pics are not banksy's work, they are tagged 'dbase' and 'el chivo', you might want to remove those 2 - Thanks..

Anonymous said...

fucking awesome content twould leave a mind fucked head block to rest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

josh.s said...

this geezers an artistic genius! well appreciated 4 sharin! keep it up!

Anonymous said...

I love him
hes amazing
:)
good post
x

Anonymous said...

Banksy Kick ASS!!!!
i want to be like him when i grow up! ha

artjunkie said...

CHECK OUT these prints by subversive British artist ALI HENDRICK!!

Anonymous said...

dude some of those aren't actually banksy

Anonymous said...

the camera head guys aren't banksy's, a mate of mine did them, and many others. does anyone know if they're a banksy rip off?

Anonymous said...

they are not all Banksy

maggot said...

AND SO I STILL WONDER IF HE IS COLLECTING ALL THIS MONEY HE IS MAKEING. OR DOES HE TAKE PRIDE IN HIS WORK AND DOESNT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THE MONEY. THS MAN, RAT, OUTCAST, OR MOST OF ALL ARTIST IS A BADASS GUY WHO COMES FROM THE STREETS JUST AS I DO. I WONDER IF HE THINKS TAHT ALL ART DOES WHEN IT GETS SOLD IS LOSE ITS VALUE. "ART IS MEANT TO FREE, JUST AS THE MIND IS AS ITS BEING CREATED" EJAYMESH

Craig said...

Dunno about you, maggot, but a man's got to eat. The money goes somewhere. If Banksy is brave enough to put up his art in the public space, he's probably got the stones to spend or give away the money in a way that matches his artistic/ideological bent.

Anonymous said...

it's a shame the media has sucked him in. he's become a brand. i wonder if it was his ironic plan all along.

accel said...

Hi, very nice blog! Great graffiti... :)

Carlo said...

Good Job! :)

Henry Ryder said...

Yup one of these is by Nemo I think and one by Dbase aswell...

just because someone uses blck and white paint and stencils doesnt mean its Banksy....

luke said...

bansky is da shit man he should do some work in birkenhead haha! do any of you do tagging???

Amy said...
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ultramagnetic_commuter said...

Nice collection of photos there.
http://banksyblogger.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

im supposed to be doing an assignment on u bansky! help me would u?!=) ur art work is terrific x

Anonymous said...

kawps running central line...

Anonymous said...

u aint got a cows calf ya paper hat. kawps is in australia 100%, brisbane at the mo i've heard threw grapevine, big up my man down unda! cream rice work there of that which's banksys, here's a good quote of his>>

"Twisted little people go out every day and deface this great city. Leaving their idiotic little scribblings, invading communities and making people feel dirty and used. They just take, take, take and they don't put anything back. They're mean and selfish and they make the world an ugly place to be. We call them advertising agencies, town planners, and the government."

Maeve said...

My nephew, who is studying journalism, showed me a book of Banksy's work today. I was intrigued. I think he is a fantastic artist and his work has an underlying sadness about it. If nothing else it makes people think and I have found myself looking on the net for videos etc of his work. What a pity he can't 'come out in the open' and be recognised as a serious artist. What a sad world we live in!

Maeve Hird

foley094 said...

hi, i am doing an assignment on banksy, and i clicked this site. i do hope the information published on to your "blog site" is true as this will help me a great deal. banksy inspires me so much, i am a teenager - the ones that usually do the "tagging" and as a 30-40 old man is doing this has intriged me a great deal, how can some-one change what is seen as "messy" and "pointless" into an amazing work of art, keep it up banksy - you are awesome!!

dani foley-wells

Anonymous said...

What amazin graffiti
He has to be one of the most well known and best graffiti artists in th world + theres actually a meaning behind most of his work (not many people care though)
btw some of those pictures arent banksy's work because there is a couple by Dbase
great post plenty of info and pictures cheers for spending time seting this up

backflash said...

oh wow, like, banksy's stuff is just, like sooooo good. its as if its vandalism, but like, not. i hate all of that train graffiti, and tagging, its just mindless, but, like, banksy's stuff has meaning, you know. i buy all his books whenever i'm in borders, every one is just soooo different. i'm thinking of doing stencils soon, its the cool new thing for us kids to do. i think i'll buy that kit i saw in borders yesterday. we love you bwanksy.

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oushka Duncan said...

to the anon that said they knew el chivo can u hit me up please...?

thanks

Enrique said...

i swear i wanna be like him when i qrow uuhpp!

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Richard Tulloch said...

Love the photos! Amsterdam has had a 3D Dutch version of Banksy - an anonymous subversive sculptor. Not as prolific as Banksy, but doing his (or her) best. There should be more of it! cheers, Richard http://richardtulloch.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/the-unknown-sculptor-a-dutch-banksy/

SciMix said...

Banksy's artworks really provide some new perspectives. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

pictures 13,21,23,28,56,60 are nothing to do with Banksy at all , enjoy

Ana Baranjin said...

Great inspiration as always :) For all the rest of arts, as well as graffiti :D