I’ve talked quite a bit about street art before, and here I go at it once more. I don’t know why, but street art really fascinates me. to me museums just seem boring, and seeing random drawings on walls and even the messages people leave on bathroom stalls just seems so much more interesting. The fact that the creator is anonymous just adds to the authenticity. And no one has been able to keep his identity as well as the notorious Banksy.
In 2010 he was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 most Influential people. He uses a paper bag to hide his face and to this day his identity has yet to be verified. He is said to be from Bristol, England. A couple of weeks there was a story circulating that he had been arrested for vandalism and carrying counterfeit cash. The rumors turned out to be fake.
He began his career in the 90s when he was a part of Bristol’s DrybreadZ crew. At first he drew freehand, however he later moved on to to his distinctive stenciled in creations. His work is influenced by society and politics making them thought provoking. He includes children, policemen, soldiers, apes and rates in many of his works. He has traveled all around the world (London, San Francisco, and New Orleans just to name a few), leaving a trace of himself through his artwork. What was known as vandalism is now sought after artwork. Even celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera own his work. He was the center of a Documentary called Exit through The Gift Shop, that was later animated for an Oscar.
“There’s no way round it – commercial success is a mark of failure for a graffiti artist.We’re not supposed to be embraced in that way. When you look at how society rewards so many of the wrong people, it’s hard not to view financial reimbursement as a badge of self-serving mediocrity.”-Banksy, Village Voice
This quote shows Banksy’s views on becoming famous. These may be the reasons he wants to stay anonymous.
Here are some of Banksy’s works.