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  • Provenance

    Lazarides Gallery, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    Keeping his identity a closely guarded secret, the graffiti artist Banksy has made a name for himself with provocative images stenciled around the streets of London.  Having transitioned into the status of a commercial artist, rather than a sole rebellious one, Banksy has created a number of works where a publicised image that had first appeared on a street wall had suddenly been transported to a flat surface, transforming the state of street art into commercial art.  A similar process had been witnessed in New York some thirty years ago by the graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Although their inspiration and messages may have been derived from slightly different sources, Banksy is the first artist to have returned to the world of street art and to have gained prominence through his diverse actions.

  • Artist Biography

    Banksy

    British • 1974

    Anonymous street artist Banksy first turned to graffiti as a disillusioned youth. Inspired by the thriving graffiti community in his home city, Bristol, Banksy's works began appearing on trains and city streets in 1993, and by 2001, his signature, stenciled works had cropped up across the United Kingdom. Typically crafting his images with spray paint and cardboard stencils, Banksy is able to achieve a meticulous level of detail. His clean and immediately comprehensible aesthetic is a result of his unique ability to distill complex political and social statements into simple visual elements.  

    Through whimsy and humor, his graffiti works, paintings, and screenprints satirically critique war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. His anti-establishment wit has had an undeniable impact on today’s contemporary street culture.

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Insane Clown

2001
Mixed media on Hessian.
252 x 193.5 cm. (99 1/4 x 76 1/8 in).

Estimate
£200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for £241,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2008, 5pm
London