The Art of Banksy
Banksy, arguably the most well-known street artist in the world, has kept with identity under wraps for over two decades. His name, style, and brand of urban anti-war, anti-establishment urban-art has caught the attention of art critics and pedestrians alike.
Very little is known about Banksy himself, as he refuses to be interviewed and keeps his identity carefully maintained. A world-renowned mystery man, Banksy has risen through the ranks to become one of the world’s greatest street artists partly by creating an urgency to understand his character. Street art fanatics are consistently satisfied with every piece of art he delivers, though he often leaves them wanting more.
Girl with Balloon was printed in 2004 as signed edition of 150. Based off on of the artist most popular stencils, originally painted on a gray wall in London. The work depicts a little girl reaching for her heart-shaped balloon. A balloon is symbolic of numerous things, our dreams, aspirations and innocence. However, what is unclear is this images, is whether the girl is reaching out for towards a lost balloon, or merely letting go of it.
Banksy’s 2010 print, Napalm, was also printed a signed edition of 150. This image has a more direct political and social rhetoric and is based on an iconic image taken during the Vietnam War. Take in 1972, the photograph depicts a 9 year-old girl running from her home after it was attacked in a Napalm blast. The artist chooses to flank the small girl with two of the most recognizable face of American popular culture, Mickey Mouse and Ronald MacDonald. Although the print refers to a specifically to the Vietnam war, recent world events bring a contemporary poignancy to the image.
While we know the location Banksy’s Choose Your Weapon first appeared-London’s Southwark District the artwork appears to be one of his more mysterious works. The dog in this piece pays tribute to Keith Haring’s iconic “Barking Dog,” appearing in an all white silhouette. The dog’s walker wears a hooded sweatshirt with a bandana disguise, possibly representing disgruntled youth which features prominently in British pop culture.
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