The Anonymous Artist, Banksy!

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Any Guesses?

Before we go on with this blog about Banksy, I'd love to share with you a true story!

Once upon a time, a group of local artists where sitting in a room talking about ART.

  • Artist A) Hey guys!... If you had the chance to fight an artist with boxing gloves, which one would you punch? 
  • Artist B) Jeff Koons. 
  • Artist A) LOL yes, me too.. How about you, V?

While these two artists were hating on Jeff Koons success, I automatically believed this was my one chance to meet Banksy. First of all, I'm not a hater but if I had the chance to fight someone ''just for fun'' (not funny) please show me Banksy’s face!

  • Artist V) I would fight Banksy... just because l’d love to acknowledge who’s Banksy.

A Graffiti artwork being sold for $20 million dollars seems insane, but it is possible ...and this has happened to Banksy! 

But Who is Banksy?

An anonymous artist, activist, painter, graffiti artist and filmmaker that got his start on the streets of The Barton Hill district of Bristol, where, at the age of 18, it is said he found his now famous use of stencils by accident!

Banksy is known for delivering political messages, usually anti-war, anti-capitalism, and anti-establishment. 

1. caruba. New Banksy Rat Mural in New York

His usual subjects include: rats, monkeys, policeman, soldiers, children and elderly people. - He/She is the bad boy of the art world!

So... How Did Fame Arrived for Banksy?

Back in 2003 Banksy created the exhibition  “TurfWar” which propelled him towards extensive recognition in London. The space included the artists famous "Flying Coppers" spray painted on cardboard, vandalized monuments, a smashed up police car, and graffiti coated live animals, shown in a former warehouse on Kingsland Road in London's East End. 

2. Alan Denney. Dalston BanksyTurf War exhibition.

It was also the first place where the graffiti master unveiled his work titled as well "TurfWar", a recreation of a famous portrait of former British Prime minister Winston Churchill with a green mohican. 

3. eddiedangerous. Banksy: Turf War

I am sure you are asking yourself, what is the piece that sold for 20 million dls!? That piece was created by the artist to honor Britain’s Health Care, and all the proceeds went to the NHS and health charities.

The artwork in question is called “Game Changer” which shows a boy with a mask playing with a nurse doll with a cape, like a superhero. The painting was gifted to University Hospital Southampton by the artist in May of 2020 as a show of appreciation after the U.K suffered its first coronavirus wave. 

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A work of art we are SURE you will recognize by Banksy is this one!!

5. Photo by wikki commons 

‘’Girl with Balloon’’

This is Banksy’s most recognizable artwork! Once found under London's waterloo bridge… however, nowadays you can't find it where it once stood, since the council painted over it. It first appeared under the bridge in 2002, and later another girl appeared in London's Shoreditch area; this second one was removed and sold later on. 

What makes this artwork so captivating is that it can be interpreted in so many different ways. For those who see a girl who has accidentally lost her balloon this graffiti represents the loss of childhood and innocence, whilst for those who see a girl who has purposefully set her balloon free, letting go of her immaturity, and is ready to embrace adulthood and the challenges that are to come.

Hope is always in our reach, even if it feels like we have lost it forever. In the original graffiti you could read a quote “There is Always Hope” 

 

Recently, I created the following piece as a Homage to both, Banksy and America…. 


Fine Art Gallery Wrap by VIII
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....Did you find the girl with the balloon?

Fun Fact!

There are 160 signed and 600 unsigned editions. When they were first released, the unsigned were sold for UNDER A 100 POUNDS (Approximately $125) , while the signed were sold for 150 pounds!

Can you believe you could buy an original Banksy for less than 100 pounds!!!?  


Sadly nowadays we would not be as lucky, one of these can be sold for more than SIX FIGURES!!

At some point, this celebrated artwork became even more famous because THE ARTWORK SELF DESTRUCTED SECONDS AFTER BEING SOLD at Sotheby’s auction house in London.  

The piece began to shred right in front of people's eyes, renaming ‘’Girl with Balloon’’ to “Love is in the bin”… not to mention, now it is believed to be worth even more than ‘’Girl with Balloon’’.  Sotheby's was quick to make an impression all over social media, along with Banksy, back in 2018.

As you can see Banksy is much more than just an ordinary artist, he is a true visionary and an activist that looks to create change in the world through his art. 


From the streets to fine art, to hotels..

Banksy has been all over the place! From Paris to New York to Bethlehem, Palestine, where he opened “The Walled of Hotel” in 2017 - it's a genuine art hotel with fully functioning ensuite facilities. The artist was influenced by Palestinian ''sumud'', arabic for steadfastness, a commitment to staying put in the face of Israeli pressure and aggression. 

It proved to be so successful- unexpectedly, that it soon competed as a top tourist attraction with the reputed place where Jesus was born, the traditional pilgrimage site of the city, the Church of the Nativity. 

TO FINISH THIS BLOG...

I'd like to say, for a moment I thought Banksy was Guetta — better known as the street-cum-pop artist Mr. Brainwash

But the argument goes on and on. 
 

It seems like Mr.Brainwash is a product of Banksy.  I find their connection genuine… After all, Mr. Brainwash was also featured in a film that's supposedly directed by Banksy. 

But if we were to connect the dots, they may simply be related! Banksy comes from a small city in Southern England while Mr. Brainwash comes from Garges-les-Gonesse, France. So....

In a 2006 (anonymous) interview with Swindle-magazine, Banksy said:

"I came from a relatively small city in southern England...

When I was about ten years old, a kid called 3D was painting the streets hard. I think he'd been to New York and was the first to bring spray painting back to Bristol. I grew up seeing spray paint on the streets way before I ever saw it in a magazine or on a computer.

3D quit painting and formed the band Massive Attack, which may have been good for him but was a big loss for the city. Graffiti was the thing we all loved at school. We did it on the bus on the way home from school. Everyone was doing it.”

So.. who’s Banksy? I don’t know. If I had the chance to find out I’d love to! Comment your thoughts below 🙂

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Authors; Valeria Llamosa, aka VIII and Isabela Gaya. 

References: 
1. Alan Denney. Dalston BanksyTurf War exhibition. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
2. caruba. New Banksy Rat Mural in New York. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
3. eddiedangerous. Banksy: Turf War. (CC BY 2.0)
4. . Banksy’s ‘Game Changer’ Painting Was Almost Stolen From a UK Hospital. Observer
5. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Banksy_Girl_and_Heart_Balloon_(2840632113).jpg
Featured image: Dominic Robinson. Banksy Girl and Heart Balloon. (CC0 1.0)
Carlie Porterfield, (2021). A New Banksy Record: Painting Honoring Britain’s Health Care Sells For $20 Million. Retreved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2021/03/23/a-new-banksy-record-painting-honoring-britains-health-care-sells-for-20-million/?sh=3dbe9076374a
BBC, (2020). Banksy: Who is Banksy? What we know about the anonymous graffiti artist. Retreved from https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51504255
MyArtBroker, (2021). Girl With Balloon Banksy.  Retreved from https://www.myartbroker.com/artist/banksy/girl-with-balloon/


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