Summary. Banksy is the name of a British graffiti artist and prankster. His art addresses various cultural and social issues such as commercialism in society, government surveillance of citizens, and violence in society. Some of his graffiti is simply graffiti about graffiti and society’s response to it. Often his art presents contrasting images such as a clash between police and innocence, a fusion of religious icons with consumerism, or unexpected images such as the protestor shown here who is poised to throw a bouquet of flowers rather than a rock or malakoff cocktail. A Wikipedia page about Banksy is dedicated to more information about him, and a gallery can be found on the Art of the State website.
“The Banksy image that I like best is that of a protestor poised to throw a bouquet of flowers. It communicates the intense energy, passion, and focus of those engaged in ‘the resistance’ while also conveying the methods to be used such as art, humor, and general transcendence.” ~ Gregory Johnson
Resources. Below are links to other helpful Banksy resources.
- Banksy Official Site
- Banksy Film (official website)
- Facebook – Banksy
- Flickr – Banksy Group
- Wikipedia – Banksy
Pranks. In the past, on his website, there were videos showing Banksy’s various pranks, such as secretly installing his own art in museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Manifesto. In recent history, Banksy’s website included a Manifesto. It was a story that describes the very heroic efforts of graffiti artists to free a prisoner who, it was believed, had been wrongly accused of a robbery.
“In 1974 a 33 year old man named George Davis was convicted of robbing the payroll of the London Electricity Board in Ilford. He was nailed on the evidence of cops who were outside the bank at the time of the robbery and was sent to prison for 20 years. … The campaign [to release him] brought the case to the attention of the Home Secretary who after a police inquiry released Davis two years into his sentence using the highly exceptional and controversial Royal Prerogative of Mercy. … The fight to free George Davis was one of the most spetacular campaigns ever fought against injustice, an achievement only slightly marred when a year after his release Davis was found guilty of robbing the Bank of Cyprus for which he served six years, and three years after which he was caught red-handed robbing a mail train.”
Document History. This page was first created on 20080817at1358. Additional images and text were added on 20091118we1440. The image collection has now been permalinked and locally hosted.