All About The Elusive Banksy
Banksy is a UK-based graffiti artist who is known worldwide for his signature street art style, and the mystery surrounding his true identity.
He began in Bristol, his home city, and now his art can be seen on buildings all around the world. One of the most famous pieces is shown in
-----> This photo, which is located near the Bristol city council office. When a survey was sent out to Bristol residents to ask whether or not they wanted the graffiti to stay or be removed, an overwhelming 97% voted for it to stay!
Banksy's works are often humorous and based on current issues. Some of his works have sold for tens of thousands of pounds - and his artwork sales have attracted Hollywood celebrities too.
I hope you find this page and the collection of urban art photos interesting :-)
Double Yellows - Pollard Street, East London
Banksy Wall Art
Because it's quite likely you won't be able to own an original artwork, why not invest in an inexpensive poster to show your love for Banksy's work?:
Banksy Background & Information
- Banksy was born in Bristol (in the UK) and first started out as a freehand graffiti artist in the 90's in his home city. He was involved in the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between musicians and artists. He switched from freehand to stencil graffiti later on so that he could complete art pieces much quicker.
- His true identity has never been revealed although there have been a few guesses and rumors over the years. The mystique surrounding him and his identity has certainly made him a more interesting figure.
- Banksy works under cover of darkness to remain hidden from the public and from the police, and his signature art style of using stencils means that he can be quick - the intricate stencils are cut beforehand so he just needs to spray paint over them when he reaches the desired location.
- The guerrilla artist has created art in many different cities, but his most famous and favorite places are Bristol and London. His paintings are usually amusing and full of dark humor, whilst often addressing serious social and political issues.
- Banksy is by far the most well-known and popular street artist ever - this is mainly due to his art appealing to 'the masses' i.e. those that aren't involved in the art or graffiti world already. Most people, however, haven't ever seen a Banksy piece first-hand, which makes Banksy's success something that could only have happened in the modern world, as photos of his art are distributed throughout the Internet.
- There is no doubt he is very talented and creative, however this kind of art will always have critics as well as fans, not least because graffiti is classed as vandalism and is therefore illegal. People also slate Banksy for 'selling out'. I don't hold these views - I love his work and I love the fact he has made street art available to a wider audience who would not have been able to appreciate the skill and talent in urban art before - however I understand people who view graffiti as purely a crime too. Funnily enough, since Banksy has become famous, some city councils now try to preserve the valuable Banksy artworks, when previously they would have removed them immediately.
- Banksy is not just known for his stencils, but also for his stunts, pranks and 'pop-up' events. For example, he has attempted to sneak his own artworks into several art museums - and hilariously one of the museums then added one of his pieces to their permanent collection!
- In places where Banksy art is not preserved, the art is often erased within hours, so if you see one, you are very lucky. The temporary nature of the works adds to the interest in them since actually spotting one is exciting and feels like something special because you are one of the lucky few who get to view them first-hand.
- Banksy created a film called 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' which was released in March, 2010. It debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in January, 2011. The film is described as 'the world's first street art disaster movie'.
- In 2010, Banksy even designed an intro to a Simpsons episode - which you can see in the videos below.
Keith Haring Tribute - Bermondsey, London
Banksy Bristol Exhibition
This Burnt Out Ice Cream Van was featured in a surprise Banksy exhibition held in Bristol (June 2009). It was his biggest ever exhibition and it took place in Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery.
To read more about the exhibition, click here.
Photo by Bob Hunter.
Banksy Bristol Exhibition
Banksy Bristol Exhibition
Giant Rat - Duke Street, Liverpool, UK
Browse Art and Find Graffiti Locations
Plus read news and information on Banksy.
- Flickr Group
Photos of artwork submitted by Flickr users.
- Creative Tempest
A nice round-up of Banksy's best.
- Official Banksy
Browse through his outdoor and indoor art.
- Banksy Photo Gallery
Extensive collection of photos from London, Bristol, Brighton and beyond.
- London in Pictures
Gallery of London art with exact locations.
- Banksy Around the World Series
Good range of art displayed with background info on Banksy too.
- All About Banksy
His most notable artwork, pranks, exhibitions and his background.
- Banksy Blog Posts
Interesting blog posts featuring Banksy news.
- 80+ Artworks
Massive collection of art photos.
CCTV - Newman Street, London.
Girl & Rat - New Orleans
Flying the Flag - Essex Road, Islington, London
Umbrella Girl - New Orleans
Last remaining Banksy in New Orleans, LA. It has been covered in plexiglass to protect it from "the grey ghost"
To read about the interesting story of Banksy vs. the grey ghost, click here.
Photo by Vanessa Collier.
These two top-rated books showcase Banksy's best work and list the locations too:
Robbo vs. Banksy
This artwork started off a war between Banksy and a well-known London graffiti artist called Robbo. The problem was that Banksy painted this design over a piece of Robbo artwork which was created in the 80's. If you'd like to see and read about what happened next, click here, here, and here.
Photo by Nolionsinengland. Graffiti is located on Camden Road bridge, London.
Graffiti Artist Rivalry
Another Robbo Comeback!
This graffiti design originally had the Banksy tag at the end of the fishing line (see the original near the top of this page), but then this art turned into the scene of another mini feud between Robbo and Banksy. The above photo shows one new update, and you can see another here.
Photo by Bobalicious London. Graffiti located at Regent's Canal, under the bridge near Camden Lock, London.
Please Leave a Comment!
Teedub on January 17, 2013:
i love how he tags statements/comments on pigs! long live the gutter rat!
daisychainsaw lm on November 01, 2012:
great lens! Thanks for sharing.
Vimural LM on October 02, 2012:
Love it when another fan spreads the word. Keep up the great job!
KarenCookieJar on July 05, 2012:
I really enjoyed the Banksy documentary.
inspirationz on April 26, 2012:
This was an interesting read - I didn't know much about Banksy besides seeing his work until now! Pinned on pinterest :) Oh and agreed with filmic about Exit Through the Gift Shop - it certainly deserves to be on the best documentary movies ever list!
ironmonkey on October 08, 2011:
filmic on July 30, 2011:
Great Lens! I like Banksy's subversive style, didn't know that much about him as person before seeing Exit Through The Gift Shop. Check out my Best Documentary Movies lens if you're interested.
hessa johnson on June 22, 2011:
Love his work and any kind of guerrilla art. Great lens.
wizardgold lm on May 18, 2011:
I like street art - I can't stand talentless tagging