French art director Christophe Pilate had the interesting idea of taking Banksy’s street art and reinterpreting it in a new and more commercial way. Pilate logically assigned brands to Banksy’s art, creating unique print ads for the corresponding brands. So, do you think Banksy himself would approve?
I recently visited The Wellington Club in the heart of Knightsbridge, London, for a magazine launch in which my artwork was featured. Decorated with original works by Damien Hirst and Banksy, hosted by a DJ who must surely have hijacked my iPod playlist, and designed on themes of decadence, promiscuity and urban rebellion, treading into […]
Last May, during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Banksy’s scathing critique of slave labor-like conditions in Britain’s sweatshops appeared on the side of a London shop. Now, having being chiseled from the wall of the store, it is currently being auctioned off at Fine Art Auctions Miami and is estimated to sell for between $500,000 to […]
Banksy strikes again, this time in his home town of Bristol. Though there are suggestions now that the work is actually by Incwell. Hmmm. Regardless, this representation of the Queen as the (in)famous Ziggy Stardust appeared on a wall on Upper Maudlin Street, near the Bristol Children’s Hospital, just in time to commemorate Her Majesty’s […]
To commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the magnificently (in)famous Banksy has created, and made available for free download, an exclusive print entitled, appropriately enough, ‘Er…’ It’s available from the Pictures on Walls site with the following directions: ‘An exclusive download for the more ambivalent patriot. Simply save off the file and take to your nearest branch of prestoprint where it can be transferred onto a mug, tea towel or other quality item. Alternatively print onto a piece of paper, sellotape to a barbecue skewer and wave in an ‘ironic’ way as the Queen drives past’. Download the Banksy print here.
That elusive street art urchin (and we mean that in the nicest possible way), Banksy, has struck again in London, with a new artwork mysteriously appearing on the wall of a shop on Whymark Avenue, Turnpike Lane. As is to be expected, the street art sends a subtle social message, though so subtle in this case that Banksy-philes are torn over whether it is criticising the upcoming Olympics, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or last summer’s riots.
Is it just a coincidence that Banksy’s latest piece, a stencilled Origami Stork beside a river, was posted some nine months after his nine months Sperm Alarm piece in central London (see below)? Perhaps a mini-Banksy is about to arrive.
I love this series of honest ads by writer Chelsea Fagan and art director Matt Stevenson, which encapsulate in a few short words what consumers think every time we feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of ad messaging in our lives. Something that Banksy, of course, would no doubt agree with.
Fancy a Banksy original and weren’t able to steal one off a wall? Well, fortunately for you, 17 Banksy artworks are on going on the market later this month courtesy of auctioneers Bonhams. Prices will range between £2,500 to £80,000, with the highest price expected for his piece Leopard and Barcode, which the UK’s Telegraph […]
Dammit, Banksy is a legend. Not content with smuggling his work into international galleries, satirising the snooty nosed high-end art world, and making searing commentary on big ticket talking points, the British street artist has now weighed into advertising with a damning critique of how the industry makes itself more powerful by making the rest of us feel completely inadequate. To read his full manifesto, click the More link. It’s very insightful, brilliant material.
Following in the well worn footsteps of Banksy, Guerrilla gardener Steve Wheen brightens up the otherwise dull surrounds of inner-city London with colourful floral displays and lively model sets that fill in the gaps in the roads and pavements and add some intrigue to pedestrians’ daily commute.
The legendary 2005 exploits of Banksy have inspired a young unknown (until now) Polish artist, Andrzej Sobiepan, to smuggle his own work onto the walls of the National Museum in Poland. The work was on display for three days before anyone noticed. Of the stunt, Sobiepan said: ‘I decided that I will not wait 30 […]
We’ve all heard the story of how Banksy smuggled one of his own artworks into the MOMA. Now Melbourne’s Cullen Hotel is reversing the challenge, inviting guests to try and steal a signed Banksy original off their walls. Yup, ‘Stay the Night, Steal The Art’. If you succeed without getting caught, it’s yours to keep ($15,000 value). But if you get nabbed, it goes back on the wall for the next guest to have a crack. The hotel recommends against using ‘an angle grinder, but you will need plenty of guile and cunning’. Indeed!
If you’re familiar with the work of Banksy and Mr. Brainwash, the title to this film probably sounds faimiliar to you. Banksy’s Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill was a pop-up shop that appeared in New York’s West Village, back in 2008.