Banksy Artwork Collection, New York Trip Video, Gift Shop Documentary & His Best Artwork Video

Banksy

photography of a Banksy graffiti at the Israel...
photography of a Banksy graffiti at the Israeli West Bank barrier in Bethlehem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A presentation of Banksy’s artwork including some of his most infamous pieces of work including; “The Monkey Parliament”, “Hip Hop Rat”, “I Hate Mondays”, “Donut Police”, “Pulp Fiction Bananas” & many more.

While no one knows who he is, his artwork is know across the globe especially in the cities where his art has appeared like his work last week in New York City.

Banksy is a pseudonymous United Kingdom-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His  street art combine dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

Banksy’s work was made up of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. According to author and graphic designer Tristan Manco and the book Home Sweet Home, 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.” Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris, Jef Aerosol, who sprayed his first street stencil in 1982 in Tours (France), and members of the anarcho-punk band Crass, which maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, Banksy says he was inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of Massive Attack.

Known for his contempt for the government in labelling graffiti as vandalism, Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls, even going as far as to build physical prop pieces. Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti directly himself; however, 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

While the photo’s below are both done in public places and this is what Banksy is known for it is far from the only thing he does. As a matter of fact just last week while in New York City “performing” his “Better Out Than In” project/tour he drove around the meatpacking district in a truck full of squealing stuffed animals.

Banksy on Thekla barge
Banksy on Thekla barge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Very well know for years the award-winning documentary “Exit Through The Gift Shop Window” is what spread his name and work to the masses. “Exit Through The Gift Shop Window” follows a French-born L.A. thrift-shop owner Thierry Guetta, whose apparent compulsion to videotape every moment of his life led him to document the phenomenon of contemporary street art.

"André the Giant has a Posse" sticke...
“André the Giant has a Posse” sticker on a stop sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Guetta’s cousin, a street artist known as Space Invader, allowed the avid cameraman to tape him as he illegally spread his artwork, and Space Invader also introduced him to other street artists, whose work Guetta captured on tape. Eventually, Guetta hooked up with Shepard Fairey, who was best known (before he created an iconic Barack Obama campaign poster) for his widespread stickers featuring an image of the late wrestler Andre the Giant over the word “OBEY.”

Guetta soon hears about the mysterious street artist/prankster Banksy, and becomes obsessed with finding him and videotaping his exploits. Thanks to Guettta’s growing reputation among street artists, the two eventually meet and form a sort of partnership. Guetta even videotapes Banksy’s infamous “Gitmo” prank at Disneyland, wherein a handcuffed, hooded figure in an orange jumpsuit placed beside one of the rides.

Banksy
Probably one of the first well know pieces of work from Banksy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is clear when looking at Banksy’s work there is a lot of political and social commentary in his work but through his presentation he is able to portray it in an almost playful manner. That is one of the things I like best about Banksy, he makes something that is boring to most exciting and fun through a variety of methods.

Banksy's graffiti
Banksy’s graffiti is not always subtle about it’s political stance/feelings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As his popularity and legend has grown so has the price of his artwork. At a recent auction one of his pieces went for $1.3million but with this high price tag came conspiracy theories as people argue that someone with this much money could stay anonymous for this long. Arguing that sooner or later a banker, a police officer or a blogger with a cell phone would catch Banksy in the act creating a piece for work so he much have help and no not the help you are thinking. It pretty much is a given that Banksy does not normally work alone, he needs people to help him carry supplies, look out for cops, etc. The latest rumors suggest that people in very high places are working with him as well and with his artwork increasing in popularity and price each and everyday you can quickly see what their motives would be.

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