Meet Banksy

Hello and hi. Am guessing you know who Banksy is. No? Well today you are going to learn. Pictured above is a mural by the main man himself and was a tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen as Ziggy Stardust. Just.So.Great.

Banksy is an English-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director. And guess what-no one knows his identity. Right on. He combines satirical street art, which is often depicted as subversive epigrams that combine dark humour with graffiti, that involves a stenciling technique. His works will often display political and social commentary. His works have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world. Recently he left his work on a primary school-but I will get to that later. It was well cool or rather…well, cool. “Well cool” is British slang for extremely cool-and the other was just me using a comma. How I love to use commas. Anyway, Banksy is just amazing.

 

Many have said that Banksy’s work and style is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work in stencils in 1981 in Paris. Banksy has said that he was inspired by “3D”-a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of Massive Attack. If you don’t know who Massive Attack is…its ok, we still cool.

Banksy will normally display his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls and self-built prop pieces. Also, Banksy does not sell reproductions or photographs of his street graffiti-but art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal, in the hands of the winning bidder. Kind of mean. But maybe they shouldn’t be selling it-is art for sale when it is meant for the public? Come. On.

Banksy’s first film “Exit through the gift shop” was billed as “the world’s first street art disaster movie” and made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released in the UK on 5 March 2010. In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film. In 2014, Banksy was awarded Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards.

Fast forward to today and Banksy is still as fab as ever. Check this. He recently left a mural at a school afer they named a building after him. How cool is that? It was discovered by teachers as they returned form the half-term break along with a letter saying “it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. ” A spokesman for Banksy confirmed to the BBC News that the artwork is genuine. Head teacher Geoff Mason intends to preserve the mural and has ” no plans to sell it.” In addition, Mason said that the addition to the school is “inspirational and aspirational” for his pupils.

Banksy mural on Bridge Farm Primary School wall

Letter from Banksy to the children at Bridge Farm School

And that is Banksy in a nutshell. And an “investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” And that is all she wrote. Laters.

Cheers

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One comment

  1. nbratscott · June 7, 2016

    Gutsy Guy(I think)!! I loved the movie, BTW.

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