Monday, June 7, 2010

Banksy

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Banksy

Banksy is a pseudonymous British graffiti artist. He is believed to be a native of Yate, South Gloucestershire, near Bristol and to have been born in 1974, but his identity is unknown. According to Tristan Manco,Banksy "was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s." His artworks are often satirical pieces of art on topics such as politics, culture, and ethics. His street art, which combines graffiti writing with a distinctive stenciling technique, is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris and members of the anarcho-punk band Crass who maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980s. His art has appeared in cities around the world. Banksy's work was born out of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians.

Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti. 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.

Banksy's first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie", made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released in the UK on March 5.

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49 comments:

Yelena R. said...

His work is amazing...

Melanie's Randomness said...

These are so awesome!!! I love the cop one with the balloon animal!!

Caroline said...

I seriously love this guy. His work is so brilliant. OK...the Degas dancers with Simon Cowell is freaking hilarious!!!

Krystal said...

that doctor one is so funny:)

Dancing Branflake said...

These are so thought provoking. Seriously, had to look at each one for a while to gather everything in it. You always post the best things.

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

wow amazing art! thanks for your sweet comments! xo

Lady Ren said...

Do you love it? I love it!

adrienzgirl said...

Loved this art. You find the coolest stuff!

Susan Erickson said...

very urban and cutting....I love that he is a bit of a mystery....just like his art....

tulpen said...

Holy Crap.

I love you for exposing me to this stuff. Fanfuckingtastic.

bananas. said...

Banksy is the shit! I had no idea his identity was unknown. That makes him even cooler! I want him to graffiti my life. Yea i said it.

Hope you had a good weekend lady!

L.A. Daze said...

I love his stuff!

Katy Mary said...

these are so cool, I love his work. I think it's so neat that he has remained anonymous all this time!

Kristin said...

That flower is so freaking cool. Thank you for exposing me to so much great art lady!

Iva said...

I love it! super cool! lol to "leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder" AWESOME!

...love Maegan said...

I really like his work ...but only recognized the graffiti stuff ...had no idea he had other talents :)

SabinePsynopsis said...

I love Banksy's art and isn't it incredible that he manages to stay anonymous?! There is a huge exhibition in Bristol this year - if I could only manage to move my lazy bum sometimes!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Banksy's art is hilarious and thought-provoking both at the same time. How does he stay anonymous? Doesn't spray painting those pieces take a good bit of time?

You have made my afternoon. Thanks, Roland

WendyB said...

His work is really amusing. I've heard great things about the movie!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

funny captions in my head as I view them!
Incredible works!!

Alisa said...

I LOVE this kind of street art graffiti. I am definitely going to seek out this movie! Thanks!

A.Co said...

Cool!! The second photo totally creeps the f outta me, but I love all the others!

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Jennifer DeDonato said...

I think this is so interesting...I checked out the website for the movie and it's playing in my city. I am totally going to make plans to see it.

I wonder how he makes a living? If he doesn't sell his work I am curious how he gets money.

Hanako66 said...

genius

have you seen exit through the gift shop yet? you must!!it's so funny too!

Char said...

its brilliant work

Kirsty said...

I've been following him for a few years... I love his political stuff - the Mickey Mouse and the Ronald MacDonald one is so good it makes me squirm! And I love the man throwing the flowers...

Jenny. said...
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Jenny. said...

I wish I was ballsy like Banksy..

Kitty Stampede said...

word to jenny's comment..haha.
i love artwork that has this type of message. totally anti and punk. makes people think and takes them away for at least a second from the forced corporate shite that is stuffed down our throats everywhere we turn.

Kim Neill said...

Wow that is art right there. Instilled emotions in me :D Great blog I just came across it! I am your latest follower :-D
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~KS said...

You amaze me. How do you find such cool stuff... and so often? I strive to be the badass blogger you are... I have work to do!

Cheryl said...

Really witty stuff. There's a number of his works here in SF that I've been meaning to track down. Interesting that no one knows who he is. How does he afford to travel to all these places to leave his art behind?

Chessa! said...

his work is amazing. I had no idea he was so young!

Asylum Dolly said...

:O WOAH! How have i not seen this work before??????? I think I'm in love. Assuming he was hetero, if i met him i would totally jump his bones- i wouldn't even care if he looked like Drew Carey. Well, maybe a bit, but DAMN! That is some serious talent and intelligence there. I can't even pick a favourite. Very very clever. People like this amaze me.

pearls said...

He's all sorts of amazing! I ♥ him.

Style Porn said...

I had actually heard a rumor there was an original Banksy in the Haight (San Francisco). I need to go check it out.

blueviolet said...

#2 scares the crap out of me!

shari @ little blue deer said...

This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! Wow, I have never heard of him, absolutely amazing!

Jessica said...

Now that is some good shit. I like it.

vint junky said...

Amazing!
Adore Banksy's work, more than just art for art's sake. He's a national treasure!

Deb Oh said...

I've been meaning to check out Exit Through the Gift Shop, I hear it's great

十十f十 said...

i like.

blog response: you're so right, girlie. that's what i was guarding myself against, if you recall what i wrote about being detached before she arrived.

Sam said...

Can't wait to see "Exit..." He's a bit of a genius I think. I like his playful stuff best - the "Take that" one is gorgeous! The Ronald McDonald and Micky with the Vietnamese child - *shudder* a bit too close to the bone for me!

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I love this kind of art, so simple but still with a message. The second picture is awesome.

asweetcakes said...

Lol!! These pictures are lovely and playful. I love the concept. I especially like the 3rd picture

The Cottage Cheese said...

Wow, his work is something special. I can't wait to see the film. "Park" just makes me smile.

Diana said...

I've been meaning to watch this film already. I love his work, I wanted to get the girl with the balloon tattooed, but it didn't go with my style of other tattoos.

Heather Taylor said...

These are fantastic. Really makes you think.

Kathryn said...

I had read on "Stuff White People Like" and one of the was "Banksy" but didn't know his work until now...thanks for educating us!