Banksy is a pseudonymous English graffiti artist, political activist, and film director whose work includes street art, stenciling, and public projects. Banksy’s works of political and social commentary have been called antisocial by critics who claim that they encourage vandalism.
Banksy himself has denied being a vandal while acknowledging his playful use of images from the spray-painted artwork of others.
There are no certainties when it comes to Banksy or what he does or why he does it. One thing is for sure: his private life is shrouded in mystery, so for now it remains shrouded in mystery…until another image pops up somewhere else.
Banksy most famous works
Even if you do not agree with what he does, you have to appreciate the talent behind his work. His career is marked by daring and experimenting with his stencils and motifs.
Just below, we give you our favorite 3 Banksy artworks.
Love is in the Air, 2003
Banksy first performed this stencil in Jerusalem in 2003, painting it on the city’s West Bank walls surface that separates Israel from its Occupied Territories.
The photo is often referred to as “the covered up punk,” caught in the act of tossing… a bouquet of vibrant flowers, not a rock or a Molotov. This is just one of the numerous artworks that Banksy has implemented for Palestinian rights.
Migrant birds, 2014
The mural which revealed a collection of pigeons holding anti-immigration banners was deemed questionable and also open for a false interpretation to remain painted on the wall.
The work located in the seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea was a vital political hotspot as an election was to take place following the local MP’s defection to UKIP, a political party noted for their anti-immigration plans.
Follow your dreams (CANCELLED), 2010
This Banksy appeared in the low-income location of Chinatown in Boston. The picture includes a tired-looking painter standing next to the relatively painted-on word, “FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS” Marked with an official “CANCELLED”.
With time the work has actually turned into one of Banksy’s more popular jobs, also being produced in canvas prints as well as posters.