Although his early work was mostly freehand, Banksy used stencils on occasion. In the late ’90s, he started using stencils mostly. His work became more widely recognized around Bristol as well as in London, as his trademark design developed.
Banksy’s art is distinguished by dramatic pictures, frequently joined with mottos. His work regularly participates political topics, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. Common themes include rats, apes, officers, members of the royal family, and kids. Along with his two dimensional work, Banksy is famous for his setup art. Among the very most famous of the pieces, which featured a live elephant painted using a Victorian background design, ignited controversy among animal rights activists.
Other pieces have attracted attention because of their edgy subjects or the boldness of the performance. Banksy’s work on the West Bank barrier, between Israel and Palestine, got major media interest in 2005. He’s also famous for his usage of copyrighted content and subversion of timeless pictures. A good example with this is Banksy’s version of Monet’s renowned series of water lilies paintings, accommodated by Banksy to contain floating junk and debris.
Banksy’s world-wide popularity has transformed his visuals from actions of vandalism to sought after high art pieces. Interest in Banksy escalated together with the launch of the 2010 documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.
In October 2013, Banksy took to the roads of Nyc. There he vowed to make a fresh piece of artwork for each day of his residency. As he described to the Village Voice, “The strategy would be to dwell here, respond to things, see the sights—and paint on them. Some of it’ll be quite complex, and some will simply be a scrawl on a bathroom wall.” Throughout that month, he also sold a number of his works on the road for $60 a bit, well below the market value because of his artwork.
Banksy’s identity remains unknown, despite extreme speculation. Both names frequently indicated are Robert Banks and Robin Gunningham. Images that surfaced of a person who had been allegedly Banksy leveled toward Gunningham, an artist who was born in Bristol in 1973.