Who is Banksy?
Banksy is an anonymous England-based street artist, vandal, political activist, and film director, active since the 1990s.
He was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s".
Banksy displays his art on public surfaces such as walls. He does not sell photos of street graffiti directly himself. However, art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder.
There is much controversy (disagreement) surrounding this artist as graffiti is illegal. You may have your own thoughts on this. Do you agree with this style of art or disagree?
However, his works are incredibly powerful and always hold a strong, hard hitting message behind each piece.
This is Banksy’s latest masterpiece. It was found last week at Southhampton General Hospital below with the following note:
"Thanks for all you're doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white."
What is happening in the piece of art?
What message is Banksy sharing?
Task 1: Spend time looking closely at the mini gallery below. Think carefully about these questions while looking at each piece of artwork.
What is happening in the piece of artwork?
What do you think is Banksy’s message?
What makes it so effective?
What technique do you think he has used to get the final finish?
How does it make you feel
Task 2: Choose one piece of Banksy’s artwork that really stands out for you. Stick it in your sketch book and write each question and answer underneath it.
Task 3: Can you recreate your chosen piece of artwork? Record it in your sketch book. Take a photograph and send it to me for the class page.