Banksy: An Anonymous Grafitti Artist Essay

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Banksy is a pseudonym for an anonymous graffiti artist, painter, political activist and one of Time Magazines most influential people in the world. Little is known about Banksys actual background but according to Tristan Manco in his book Home Sweet Home, Banksy was born in Bristol England in the early 1970’s. Known for his contempt toward the government, for labeling graffiti as vandalism, he displays his art on public surfaces, such as billboards and walls, and has even built physical prop pieces. Banksys distinctive stencil style usually embodies humorous images often paired with slogans that carry themes of anti-war, anti-capitalism and anti-establishment. Uncommon to most artists Banksy does not sell photographs or reproductions of …show more content…
The mural is quite aggressive and illustrates a violent act towards police yet he juxtaposes the image by having the assailant be a cute childrens toy.
“Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint”, Anonymity and not getting caught is very important Banksy. Unlike most artist Banksy doesn't like to present his work publicly and receive recognition and acclaim for it. Banksy lacks that ego thats common to most artists, and rather seems to genuinely enjoy producing the art and allowing the world to enjoy it. Its almost as if he enjoys seeing the public enjoy his work from under his cloak of anonymity. Although Banksy still had some lessons to learn about being caught which became apparent after a train bombing session in 2000. While working on a piece with some members of his crew on a train the British Transportation Police arrived and everyone scrambled towards the car. Banksy couldn't make it back in time and hid under an idle train for hours. While hiding out, he noticed a stenciled number on the bottom of the train and had an epiphany. He realized he needed to cut his painting time in half in order to avoid getting caught, resulting in him adopting the stencil method as opposed to freehand. “As soon as I cut my first stencil I could feel the power there. I also like the political edge. All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history. They’ve been

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