For sure stencil graffiti has
already existed before Banksy, but not with such a presence, not in this
kind. Since Banksy had become known, he has been the standard regarding
stencil graffiti. He is the king of street art and – everyone wants
him! Police, politicians and the press, art collectors and museums.
Most Wanted: Banksy! – That’s it!
Even law-abiding graffiti adversaries seem to doubt when thinking
about his works being crimes. His pictures are fancy and provocative,
humorous and political. They are placed, where no one expects them and
address anybody. Those who, because of the entire wealth and daily
grind, just forgot that the world is not always likely, gets reminded by
Banksy, in his fairly own way.
Being wanted by police for years, he works and lives completely
undercover. He does not give any interviews and only goes out in
disguise to place his works. No one knows his real name and you can find
numerous specs about his person in several web forums on the net.
His action art attracts a lot of media attention and helped him to
gain a world-wide reputation. Nevertheless, or maybe because, he is
allowed to sabotage the singing career of Paris Hilton and criticize
Guantanamo at Disneyland – with expert eye and keener mind. Banksy turns
politics into art and art into politics. The reason which makes him so
special. Like no one else he uncovers abuses and puts them in partly
trivial context – to put a smile on people’s faces, without letting the
statement appearing ridiculous.
Meanwhile his works on canvas are dealt at up to 60.000 British
Pounds in art scene.
The first edition of the book “BANKSY – WALL
AND PIECE” (hard cover) has been published in
2005 and is now released with 32 new pages in a soft cover edition at
Publikat publishing, to finally better reach the European art and design
On 240 pages this book shows all must-see pictures, installations
and actions of Banksy.
softcover, 240 pages, 21,5cm x 26,5cm, text: English, ISBN: 978-3-9809909-9-8