In-Depth: Banksy

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. Today we are going to start a new segment in our art portion called “in-depth”. This segment will dive deep into the knowledge of specific topics, people, works of art, and movements. What better way to start of this segment, than with the iconic Banksy.

Before writing this post I was not very informed about Banksy. I knew a little bit about what he did and who he was, but not enough to write a blog post and form an opinion about this person. So after extensive research, I have come to know about Banksy and why he does what he does. Keep reading below to see what I have learned.

To start off, the reason why I chose Banksy to write about is because I kept seeing and hearing his name everywhere in movies and seeing his artwork online, so I decided that I need to write about this guy.

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Who art thou Banksy, and what doth thy do?

Banksy. Banksy. Banksy. Such a fun name to say, but who really is Banksy? Is he an artist? Most would voice, “Yes, of course”. Is he a genius? Some would say “No not really”. Is he an activist? A few would exclaim, “I guess, I don’t really know”. But who is Banksy, really?

Lets first just start off with a major key pertaining Banksy as a person, and as an artist. He is pseudo anonymous, which means he uses a false state of identity. There are no pictures of his face. We don’t know for a fact what his real name is. All we know is the information that he has allowed us to know, and the information that people have pieced together.

He began his career in the early 90s in England. He started out apart of a graffiti crew called drybreadz crew. With this group it is said that while he was behind a trash can hiding from police that he got the idea to use stencils because it was quicker and easier, from the back of a garbage truck. Banksy is now known as an influential, yet controversial street artist. His anonymity plays apart in his street art career because as we all know, graffiti is illegal.

Activism for the Activist!

Banksy’s art is a representative for his activism. Most would deem Banksy as a political activist because of the usage of symbolism, words, and color in his art. He uses these things to bring about or make aware to society, that there needs to be political reform or change regarding certain topics. Odyssey online says ” His art is like any other and uncovers the truths humanity.”(theodysseyonline.com) When you look at his artwork, you can’t just simply look at with your eyes. Look at it with your heart and mind and see the message that he is actually trying to get across.

Banksy in Pop Culture

If you have seen Ocean’s 8, Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, and Velvet Buzzsaw, just to name a few, then you have definitely heard the mention of the name Banksy. Banksy is alive in and well in todays popular culture. Banksy has almost become a household name, with the anticipation to see what he is going to do next.

Famous and Favorites

This last section will show some of Banksy’s Famous pieces of art, and some of my favorite pieces of art.

TOPSHOT – Two men are sitting in front of a famous graffiti of British street artist Banksy, painted on a wall of a gas station in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
Credit: Banksy
Credit: Banksy
Credit: Banksy
Credit: Banksy

I will end this post with a quote from the man himself

“There’s nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place.”
Banksy

Thanks to all who read this post! I am always grateful for the reads, likes, and comments. Stay tuned for the next post!

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