Lowdown On Banksy

Banksy’s surge in popularity has been demonstrated by his ability to outsell Damien Hirst.

An original Banksy painting entitled Barcode Shark, which depicts a shark in the shape of a barcode, fetched £30,000 at an auction in Bloomsbury showcasing works of contemporary art.

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The auction raised £200,000 in total but only £260 was from the sale of a work by Damien Hirst as a doodle by the art enfant terrible failed to reach its estimate of between £600-800.

Hirst’s doodle was the result of a meeting with three drinkers in a Soho bar who confused him for Chelsea captain Dennis Wise so he produced the sketch to prove he really was the famed artist.

This is not the first time that a Banksy has been sold for a large figure at auction as earlier this month the Bristolian’s ‘Gangsta Rat’, which he sprayed on the side of Moorfields Eye hospital in London fetched £30,000.

The graffiti appeared outside the hospital’s main entrance in 2006 and was soon covered up in a bid to protect it from vandals and theft, while the money raised from the auction has gone to fund research into new treatments for eye disease.

Despite the popularity of Banksy prints, it appears that not everyone is aware of how lucrative works by the artist can be as council officials in London have painted over an original graffiti sketch.

Hackney Council removed a cartoon of the royal family waving from a balcony from the side of a block of flats in Stoke Newington without the knowledge of the property owner.

The Council had reportedly tried to contact the owner but the Land Registry possessed the incorrect contact details so workmen went ahead and painted over the artwork, which was derived from the cover of a single by the band Blur.

Alan Laing, of Hackney Council, said: “Hackney Council does not make a judgment call on whether graffiti is art or not, our task is to keep Hackney’s streets clean.”

Banksy’s urban art may not be popular with councils but his debut film, the documentary ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ has scooped a top prize at a prestigious film awards ceremony.

He said: “I do like to think that in this world of graffiti art – which is essentially mindless, messy and stupid – we finally gave it the kind of documentary it deserves.”

The annual Grierson Trust awards, which took place at the BFI Southbank, praised the film as “original and insightful”.

What You Need To Know About Canvas Art

Wall art has appeared ever since ancient times, with illustrations dating back to Ancient Greece along with the Roman Empire. In modern times, spray paint, normal paint as well as markers have been adopted as the most frequently applied processes. Inventive wall art is an organic development of old fashioned graffiti which has lifted itself from solely drawing words or phrases on to a wall, to a composite creative  form of individual representation. Most specialists commonly accede that contemporary street art was first recognized in Italy.

Further styles of ephemeral works have been known in other nations and cultures right through history, but at present current street painting along with canvas art assert distinct influence. Regular street painting commenced in Italy in the 15th century. The motivation for its beginnings revolve around diverse cultural phenomena which delivered the trend-setters to the shared areas to disclose their point. One account has it that street painters began displaying outside on the pavements to celebrate the spiritual holidays they had been describing. In Italy the phrase Madonnari is used to describe street painters – this means “Madonna painter” and usually the depictions were of the Madonna.

The works are brilliant and amusing, but so plain and comprehensible that even children can hit upon the value in them: even when six-year-olds don’t comprehend the first thing regarding culture, they have little problem recognizing that something is amiss as soon as they are exposed to a drawing of the Mona Lisa with a rocket launcher.

Lots of artists can be hung-up, indulgent snobs using artwork for their own ends, but Banksy separates himself from his pieces, utilizing artwork to instil the concepts of unhappiness and distrust of authority that anyone can experience when he drives them to ask themselves “Why is this wrong?” If it inspires the public to feel as well as contemplate, he’s achieved his objective.

In June 2010 a outstanding piece of street artwork appeared near Ashton Gate showing Jesus being crucified, bearing a Bristol City soccer shirt. Near the bottom right of the image is the word “religion”. Even if there is no Banksy tag on the graffiti, the proprietor of the public house thinks there are quite a lot of forms possibly pointing to Bristol’s world renowned street artist, who created a example known as Christ With Shopping Bags a few years in the past. Nowadays there are many modern street artists but none can equal the flair of Banksy.


Pop Art & Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was a very successful commercial illustrator. These illustrations consisted mainly of ‘blotted ink’ drawings (or monoprints), a technique which he applied in much of his early art. Although many artists of this period worked in commercial art, most did so discreetly. Andy Warhol was so successful, however, that his profile as an illustrator seemed to undermine his efforts to be taken seriously as an artist.

In the early 1960s, Andy Warhol tried to exhibit some of his drawings using these techniques in a gallery, only to be turned down. He began to rethink the relationship between his commercial work and the rest of his art. Instead of treating these things as opposites, he merged them, and began to take commercial and popular culture more explicitly as his topic.

His early paintings show images taken from cartoons and advertisements, hand painted with paint drips. Those drips emulated the style of successful abstract expressionists. Eventually, Andy Warhol pared his image vocabulary down to the icon itself to brand names, celebrities, dollar signs and removed all traces of the artist’s ‘hand’ in the production of his paintings.

Andy Warhol began to make paintings of famous American products such as “Campbell’s Soup Cans” from the Campbell Soup Company and Coca Cola, as well as paintings of celebrities. He founded ‘The Factory’, his studio, during these years, and gathered around himself a wide range of artists, writers, musicians and underground celebrities. He switched to silkscreen prints, which he produced serially, seeking not only to make art of mass produced items but to mass produce the art itself.

In declaring that he wanted to be ‘a machine’, and in minimizing the role of his own hand in the production of his work, Andy Warhol sparked a revolution in art his work quickly became very controversial, and popular.

Andy Warhol’s work from this period revolves around American Popular Culture. He painted dollar bills, celebrities, brand name products, and images from newspaper clippings many of the latter were iconic images from headline stories of the decade. His subjects were instantly recognizable, and often had a mass appeal this aspect interested him most, and it unifies his paintings from this period. This quotation both expresses his affection for popular culture, and evidences an ambiguity of perspective that cuts across nearly all of the artist’s statements about his own work.


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