Banksy is an anonymous graffiti artist, political activist and film director.He works appears on walls, street and print in London and all over the world. Using common subjects are rats, policeman and apes, Banksy created his unique style to examine political issues, news, war, hypocrisy and greed. He had kept his identity hidden for over two decades, allowing his work to speak for itself.
His work, Nola Grey, also known as “Umbrella Girl” or “Rain Girl”, is a screenprint of his 2008 stencil work done in New Orleans, Louisiana. The print depicts a girl hiding from the rain under her umbrella. But the umbrella itself is the rain. She puts her hand out and finds that it is not raining outside the umbrella. Banksy created a series of works after hurricane Gustav. The work expresses how people experiencing the hurricane realizing what they thought protected them were the source of disasters.
Banksy’s Morons is one of his most famous works. It was first released in 2006 in Los Angles. The picture is a 2007 edition. An auctioneer is selling a picture with the words “I can’t believe you morons buy this shit”. This is the artist comment on contemporary art market.
Banksy’s print, Grannies, depicts two elderly lady knitting sweaters, with the words “Punks Not Dead” and “Thug For Life”. Banksy cleverly integrate wit into his street art. “TV has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting,” he says, “but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress.”
One of his signature works, the Girl with the Red Balloon, first appeared on London architecture. A innocent girl is reaching for a heart-shaped red balloon. Different interpretations had been proposed as the light-weight of the balloon can easily signify many things – love, hope, memory. The meaning of his work sometimes remain as mysterious as the artist’s identity. But like his art in general, they grab the attention of thousands of people.
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