Born out of the Bristol’s DryBreadZ Crew in England, an anti-establishment graffiti artist known as Banksy was bombing the trains of the underground and the streets of his home town Bristol. This artist whose true identity is yet to be established, was setting down his roots with free handed graffiti for what would become his now famous subversive and satirical street art beautifully represented through bold stencils.
One of Banksy’s Earlier works from Bristol, England.
Banksy recently sold a piece for nearly half a million dollars “untitled Fuck the Police”
The son of a photocopier technician which must of added to his mechanical knowledge of stencil construction and being inspired by french artist Blek Le Ret, his piece is seen below, Banksy’s work became more and more centered around stencils, he claims he noticed a serialized stencil on a dumpster while hiding from the police, it caught his interest, and the rests is history.
Banksy in his unofficial biography famously said of Blek le Rat
“Every time I think I’ve painted something original I find out that Blek le Rat has done it as well, only 20 years earlier”.
Banksy’s work was starting to pop up all over london with often anti-goverment and anarchist undertones it inspires rebellion in its viewer and is often mocking to authority. In the world of underground street art he was starting to make a name for himself, even if its a pseudonym. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist and the subjects often include rats, apes, policemen, soldiers, children.
According to the blog Supersplice whether Brainwash was Banksy, or that Thierry Guetta was a dreamed-up character/identity that does not exist and that the Academy Award nominated documentary was a complete put-on. I began to do some light digging and was surprised to find out that many had surmised that the critically acclaimed documentary, from the outset, was a complete ruse.