“All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside.” – Paul Cezanne

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

Known for his contempt for the government in labeling 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.

Better Out Than In (2013)

On October 1st, Banksy began a one-month “show on the streets of New York [City]”, for which he opened a separate website and granted an interview to The Village Voice via his publicist.

A pop-up boutique of about 25 spray-art canvases on Fifth Avenue near Central Park Saturday on October 12th. Tourists were able to buy Banksy art for just $60 each. In a note posted to his website, the artist wrote: “Please note this was a one-off. The stall will not be there again.” The BBC estimated that the street-stall art pieces could be worth as much as $31,000. The booth was manned by an unknown elderly gent who went about four hours before making a sale, yawning and eating lunch as people strolled by without a second glance at the work. Banksy chronicled the surprise sale in a video posted to his website noting, “Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each.”

On October 17th, a real boy shining the shoes of a gigantic Ronald McDonald appeared in front of McDonald’s and the press reported that the NYPD’s vandal squad is on the hunt for the Banksy after racking up 16 installments across the city. His most recent creation was a fiberglass sculpture of a boy shining the over-sized shoes of Ronald McDonald, which was unveiled in Queens but will be moved outside a different McDonald’s around the city every day. This art is unique because of the Live Shoeshine by the boy sitting at the feet of the Ronald McDonald Statue who is dressed in ragged cloths and is barefoot.

View some of Banksy’s art below:

Source: Wikipedia


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