Monday, May 31, 2010

Banksy - Ryan

Banksy is an anonymous graffiti artist in the United Kingdom who is believed to be born in 1974 and native to Yate, South Gloucestershire. He became involved with graffiti during the 1980’s with the Bristol aerosol boom. His origins and motives have come out of the Bristol underground scene, which is a collection of graphic artists and musicians of the area. His artworks mainly focus around political, social and ethical issues. Banksy usually uses regular paper or cardboard for stencils and aerosol or regular paint.

Messages Banksy has focus on anti-war, anti-capitalism and anti-establishment. He uses mostly innocent characters in his paintings, like rats, children, the elderly, and sometimes even policemen and soldiers.

Banksy also works in the areas of Stencil Street art, sculptures, and even one short film “Exit through the gift shop” which was entered into the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. One of his most well known works are “The Naked Man Image”, “The Ozone Angel” and the series of “Anarchist Rat” works.

“I use whatever it takes. Sometimes that just means drawing a moustache on a girl's face on some billboard, sometimes that means sweating for days over an intricate drawing. Efficiency is the key” - Banksy.

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