Banksy

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Banksy

Banksy is a graffiti artist. Despite the popularity of his work, and despite the fact that he has released books and staged major exhibitions, Banksy's identity has remained anonymous, though there has been much speculation about who he is.

Banksy: The suggested biography.

It is believed that Banksy is originally from Yate in South Gloucestershire, close to Bristol. It is also thought that he was born around 1974 and became involved in the rising popularity of graffiti art in the 1980s.

Between 1992 and 1994, Banksy was a part of the DryBreadZ Crew

Banksy: The artwork

Banksy's work is very often a satirical look at modern life, consumerism and politics. His stenciling style recalls the work of Blek le Rat, who started graffiti work in Paris in 1981. It is also similar in its style and ethos to the work of the anarcho punk band Crass, who staged a long-term stencil campaign on the London Underground in the 1970s and '80s.

Since the meteoric rise in the value of Banksy's work, it has been known for art auctioneers to sell his street graffiti on location and then leave the removal of the work in the hands of the person who purchased it.

In July 2009, two people discovered one of Banksy's Gansta Rats graffitied in Whitechapel in East London.

When he visited Australia in 2001, Banksy met up with the reclusive visual activist James DeWeaver. Whilst he was there, he stenciled a parachuting rat over the toilets at the Arts Factory Lodge.

Banksy's first Los Angeles exhibition was entitled 'Existencilism' and was staged in a gallery owned by Frank Sosa.

Banksy's 'Turf War' show saw the artist painting on animals. It drew the attention of animal rights activist, one of whom chained herself to railings in an act of protest. The RSPCA had already stated that they did not deem the exhibition unsuitable.

In 2003, Blur used one of Banksy's pieces for the cover of their Think Tank album. Similarly, Banksy was also responsible for the cover of the Bristol band Monk and Canatella's Do Community Service.

Banksy has also been known to semi-replicate and alter well-known paintings. For example, he recreated Monet's 'Water Lily Pond', with urban litter, including a shopping trolley, floating in the pond.

At 2004's Notting Hill carnival a number of fake bank notes were thrown into the crowd, which the recipients then tried to spend in local shops. The notes were of Banksy's creation. Rather than reading Bank of England, they read Banksy of England and instead of the Queen's head, they featured that of Princess Diana. In 2007, a signed poster containing 10 of the notes sold at Bonhams for £24,000.

Banksy's 2007 'Barely Legal' exhibition in Los Angeles featured a live 'elephant in a room'. The elephant was painted pink and decorated with gold floral wallpaper.

The value of Banksy's work has continued to rise and has become hugely popular with celebrities. Christina Aguilera bought his Queen Victoria piece for £25,000. His Kate Moss paintings then went for £50,400 at Sotheby's. His Mona Lisa stencil sold for over £57,000. The highest price paid at auction so far, for a Banksy piece was £102,000. This was the price paid for his 'Bombing Middle England' piece. Some of Banksy's work can be seen in the film Children of Men, starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore. In another Clive Owen film, Shoot 'Em Up, Banksy's tag is seen in the films credits, on the side of dumpster.

Banksy replaced 500 copies of Paris Hilton's album Paris with a CD of Danger Mouse's remix work, featuring his own cover art.

There is a Banksy mural on the side of a house in Bristol. Originally, the house was on sale through regular means. However, when it became apparent that the prospective buyers wanted to remove the mural, the owners of the house decided to sell via an art gallery. It was listed as a mural with a house attached.

In June 2009, Banksy hosted an exhibition at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. More than 100 works of art were included in the show.

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Banksy Breaks Silence to Condemn 'Stealing Banksy' Exhibition

24th April 2014 -

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After weeks of shadowy new works, Bristolian street artist Banksy has broken his silence to condemn an exhibition claiming to be "the most expensive collection of Banksy artworks ever assembled."The 'Stealing Banksy' Exhibition has Been...

Gotcha! Has Banksy Been Unmasked on Camera? [Video]

16th April 2014 -

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Banksy has apparently been caught on camera installing his latest creation in Bristol. CCTV cameras set up to deter graffiti artists filmed two people dressed as workmen unloading kit from the back of a white...

Did You Spot Banksy's Getaway Van in Cheltenham? New Artwork Pops Up

14th April 2014 -

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Banksy strikes again! Or, at least we think he has. The mysterious street artist appears to have unveiled his latest creation in Cheltenham - lampooning governmental surveillance by stencilling three 1950's style agents using devices...

Banksy's 'Kissing Coppers' Is Latest Artwork To Be Hawked For Fortune In USA

19th February 2014 -

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One of Banksy's most instantly-recognisable graffiti artworks 'Kissing Coppers' has been sold in the US for $575,000 (£345,000) after being chiselled off the wall of a Brighton pub. The news that yet another chunk of...

Banksy 'Girl With A Balloon' Graffiti To Be Chiselled Off Wall Due To Rot

7th February 2014 -

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Banksy's work of street art 'Girl with a Balloon' is to be taken from its London wall by Sincura Group, the company responsible for removing another of the artist's pieces and selling it for a...

Shill Bidding and Dodgy Back Stories - Banksy's Charity Artwork Doesn't Sell

12th November 2013 -

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The story was simple, but charming: a woman, working at a thrift store raising money for homeless people with AIDs sells a painting for $50. Weeks later, the painting is re-donated, having been edited somewhat...

A Sad End to Banksy's N.Y.C Stint After 'The Banality of The Banality of Evil' Auction Fails

11th November 2013 -

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Bankey’s residency in New York was punctuated by many newsworthy events. He was reportedly chased and arrested by police, sculptures and graffiti art popped up all over the city, and unsuspecting customers purchased original pieces...

Banksy's 'The Banality Of The Banality Of Evil' Painting Unveiled At Housing Works Store

6th November 2013 -

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Banksy unveils his reworked painting entitled 'The banality of the banality of evil' (a title loosely based on the book 'Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil' by Jewish political theorist Hannah...

Banksy Unleashes Wild Cat Graffiti On Yankee Stadium Wall

6th November 2013 -

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Banksy unleashes his penultimate piece of street art during his month long 'Better Out Than In' New York exhibition. The artwork features a wild cat of some sort wearing a collar and yawning while lying...

A Week In News: Lou Reed Dies, Celebs Go All Out For Halloween & Marvin Gaye's Kids On The Warpath

1st November 2013 -

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The Loss Of Lou Reed: Legendary Velvet Underground rocker Lou Reed died on Sunday 27th October after succumbing to liver disease, having battled with poor health for months. The world reacted with sorrow to the...

Banksy Ends New York 'Residency' With Sale of $600,000 Nazi Painting

1st November 2013 -

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Banksy finished his month-long artist 'residency' in New York with the sale of his painted work "The banality of the banality of evil" for a cool $600,000 - all for charity. The painting was auctioned...

Banksy's Nazi 'Vandalized' Painting Donated to Homeless/AIDS Charity

31st October 2013 -

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Elusive street artist Banksy has donated a painting worth more than $200k to a N.Y.C non-profit organization involved in helping the local, AIDS infected homeless community.Rebecca Edmondson, director of public relations at Housing Works, was...

Banksy Unveils Grim Reaper Bumper Car Installation At The Bowery

29th October 2013 -

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Banksy latest art installation thrills spectators at the Bowery in New York City. It featured a Grim Reaper sculpture going around a fenced yard in a bumper car while Blue Oyster Cult's 'Don't Fear The...

Banksy Unveils Leaning Man Artwork At The Hustler Club Entrance

29th October 2013 -

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Another piece of Banksy's artwork has appeared on the streets of New York, this time on the metal shutters at the entrance to Larry Flynt's Hustler Club on 12th Avenue.The latest graffiti art shows a...

Banksy Creates Utopic Garden In The Back Of A Truck

29th October 2013 -

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Banksy creates an outdoor wonderland in the back of a truck complete with sunlight, trees, rocks, a waterfall and a bridge. A large throng of people can be seen bustling about near it trying to...

Mystery Man Sparks Rumours After Being Spotted Tending To A Banksy Street Sculpture

28th October 2013 -

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Another possible face for British graffiti artist Banksy has now been unveiled in New York City. An unknown man was seen ducked under a sheet of blue tarpaulin that partially covered a Grim Reaper art...

"The Terrorists Won": Banksy Slams One World Trade Center In Rejected Op-Ed

28th October 2013 -

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UK street artist Banksy has made headlines again but this this time it's not for his artwork - rather his writing after he decided to express his feelings towards New York City's One World Trade...

Banksy Unveils His 'New York Accent' In New Graffiti

23rd October 2013 -

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A new piece of artwork by British graffiti artist Banksy is spotted in New York City near 25th Street and 10th Avenue. It features a message from the artist himself reading 'This is my New...

Banksy Satirises The 'Ghetto' Life Of The Bronx With New Art Piece

23rd October 2013 -

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People are snapped getting their photo taken next to the latest street art by Banksy between East 153rd Street and Elton Avenue in the Bronx. The art features an image of a young middle-class boy...

Cheeky Banksy Art In New York Seems To Be Partially Washed Away

23rd October 2013 -

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British graffiti artist Banksy leaves his mark in New York City with an image between 24th Street and 6th Avenue featuring a silhouette of a dog peeing by a fire hydrant. One person can be...

Fans Beg That Banksy's Twin Towers Art Piece Remains Intact

22nd October 2013 -

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A new piece of work by British graffiti artist Banksy is snapped in New York. It features his customary silhouette style art of the New York City skyline, also depicting the now demolished World Trade...

Landlord Hires Guards To Protect Banksy Piece, While The Street Artist Continues To Taunt New York Authorities

20th October 2013 -

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The Banksy piece, which was surprisingly revealed on the side of a New York building recently, is now being protected by a team of guards. The woman, whose wall the artwork ended up on, is...

Hey, Chicago Man with Loads of Bargain Banksys, What's Up?

15th October 2013 -

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He took a risk. Or he has no idea who Banksy is. Or he thought $60 for a Banksy wasn’t that bad. Or he thought they were real. Or he knew about the whole thing...

NYC Cynics Miss Deal of a Lifetime as Banksy Flogs Work on the Cheap

14th October 2013 -

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When you’re walking through a market or city center and you see a stall selling Banksy canvases, two things will enter your brain: that’s Bansky’s stuff, and it’s fake. The sheer amount of fake knock-offs...

Banksy Art For Sale At $60 On New York Stall. Did You Get One?

14th October 2013 -

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Banksy art for sale at just $60 - this is a joke right? Nope, not at all. The enigmatic Bristolian artist continued his New York City art show by putting valuable stencilled works - said...

Was Banksy Unmasked During New York Art Blunder?

8th October 2013 -

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A Banksy installation in New York's East Village went badly wrong on Saturday night (October 5, 2013), with one fan claiming it led to the identity of the enigmatic artist being revealed. Banksy had planned...

New Banksy Piece Painted Over After Just One Day On New York Wall

3rd October 2013 -

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No more than a day after a new daubing by British graffiti artist Banksy had been sprayed on to a wall in New York City, someone has covered the piece up with paint. After announcing...

Leonardo DiCaprio and Christie's To Raise $18 Million At Charity Art Auction

10th May 2013 -

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Leonardo DiCaprio, the actor currently doing the promotional rounds for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, is teaming up with Christie's for a charity auction next week to benefit environmental causes. Thirty-three pieces of art will...

Sale of 'Stolen' Banksy Stopped at Last Second in USA

24th February 2013 -

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Banksy has become one of the world's foremost street artists. With a distinctive style and often political subject matter his works have been recreated over and over on posters, cards and prints. The real deal,...

Stolen Banksy Mural Set To Go For £450,000 At Auction

18th February 2013 -

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A Banksy mural given to a community for free is going up for auction and is set to fetch up to £450,000, after it was taken from its location on the side of a Poundland...

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freddyman

BANKSY went to Australia in 2000,NOT 2001, it was at this time he met and became good friends with the Australian Pastellist James DeWeaver,himself a noted reclusive person.They have worked together and BANKSY's only blue rat is the result.It is believed their "Hamburglaring" (see Urbandictionary com) began here,as both ruthlessly attack McDonald's in their artworks.BANKSY and DeWeaver are both in a photograph taken by the American photographer Spencer Tunick in 2000,at Byron Bay,Australia.Tunick doesn't remember BANKSY in it ,but i don't think this is fabricated as DeWeaver proves it!The resulting photograph with them is on jamesdeweaver comTunick's most noted for his large "installations" of nude people,though in DeWeaver's photograph,there's only about 40 backpackers who were staying at the Arts Factory Lodge at this time,long before Tunick's fame had transitioned into photographing large groups 5000+people!Both BANKSY and DeWeaver as of lately have been focusing their art on the "Occupy movement"aimed at the 1%er's.This stuff you WON'T find in Wikipedia,as they have banned DeWeaver's page and work,especially Blogs due to his commentary and hatred of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.True maverick and underground art at its best!

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