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Banksy

British  •  b. 1975

Biography

Anonymous street artist Banksy first turned to graffiti as a miserable fourteen year old disillusioned with school. Inspired by the thriving graffiti community in his home city, Bristol, Banksy's works began appearing on trains and walls in 1993, and by 2001 his blocky, spray-painted works had cropped up all over the United Kingdom. Typically crafting his images with spray paint and cardboard stencils, Banksy is able to achieve a meticulous level of detail. His aesthetic is clean and instantly readable due to his knack for reducing complex political and social statements to simple visual elements.

His graffiti, paintings and screenprints use whimsy and humour to satirically critique war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed — with not even the Royal family safe from his anti-establishment wit.

Insights

  • All Banksy prints have to be authenticated by the artist's committee known as Pest Control.

  • Authorities have used both Mathematics and Criminology to uncover the artist's identity, with little success.

  • Banksy once stated that he had been "painting rats for three years before someone said 'that's clever: it's an anagram of art', and I had to pretend I'd known that all along."

"People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish...but that's only if it's done properly."

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