A lot of us have probably heard of Banksy in 1 circumstance or another. It's not possible to read art news without stumbling over at least one article relating to this graffiti artist who is renowned for addressing political, social, and ethical issues throughout his paintings. The enormous quantity of satire in his road art brings our attention to another facet of fact, the one that we often ignore. His distinctive method of ridiculing authorities, corporations, and culture has awakened a lot of controversies and intrigues and virtually divided his audience to lovers and haters. Banksy's art has become recognizable all over the world.
What we do know is that the artist is from Bristol, where he first created his works in the city. Banksy was born in 1974, and although his identity is well-guarded, he has caught the eye in recent years for his unique style of graffiti. The anonymous "British graffiti artist," as he is known, often does his graffiti in public places.
A snapshot of Banksy creating his newest piece
The Influence of Banksy's Art
Banksy has used his artwork to give those who don't have a voice, a voice. His work sheds light on various troubled topics going on in our world. From social troubles, wars, tragedies and other various topics. Throughout history, art and politics have continuously been intertwined due to art's crucial place at a society's ethnic identity. Artists have used their practices to create compelling and influential messages of hope, despair, disappointment among many more. Banksy is surely the most controversial street artist on the contemporary global stage, some of his most famous pieces being"Stop and Search"(2007),"Girl with Balloon" and"Bomb Hugger".
Stop and Search - by: Banksy / Created and photographed in Palestine
Acclaimed English Graffiti artist and political activist, Banksy, is famous for mixing his dark political humour and satirical wit with his distinctive and extraordinary stencilling technique to make powerful artworks that respond to current societal and political issues. When asked how Banksy's art makes them feel, people said: 51% Nominal. 24% happy. 22 percent Rebellious. This little survey proves that real art is something that does not leave you indifferent. And Banksy's functions are like that.
Banksy Charitable Contributions
Mediterranean Sea View - by: Banksy
Banksy's agent removed three pieces of artwork entitled Mediterranean Sea 2017 from the lobby of his Walled Off Hotel, in order to put up at an auction with Sotheby's. The starting price for all three artworks was an estimated £800,000 - £1.8 million , the lot closed for £2.2 million British Pounds. All three paintings are highlighting the refugee criss the world has experienced the past few years. The three paintings were offered by Banksy to raise money for a new acute stroke unit and buying children’s rehabilitation equipment for the BASR hospital in Bethlehem, Palestine. Banksy also opened up a hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine called the Walled Of Hotel. The hotel was opened in order to shell a light on the conflict in Palestine as well as promote tourism in the holy land.
Game Changer - by: Banksy
The artwork was delivered to the hospital in May with a note, which said: "Thanks for all you're doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if its only black and white." A Banksy painting depicting a young boy playing with a superhero nurse doll has raised more than £16m for an NHS charity after being sold at Christie's auction house.
Credit: LOUISE MICHEL/PA WIRE
British street artist Banksy financed a boat to rescue refugees attempting to reach Europe from North Africa. To assist many migrants from drowning at sea. Banksy repainted the former French Navy boat in distinctive white and pink including some of his artwork.