Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Spirit of Banksy Graffiti Street Scene by k Madison Moore



The Spirit of Banksy - Follow Your Dreams
©kMadisnMooreFineArtInc.2013

24 x 36 Graffiti Scene Oil Painting on Canvas

Sold - Commission



I am thrilled about this commission! One of my collectors 
from England had a great concept for this painting. He loved
the recent painting I did of  Warhol and His Marilyn's and came
up with the idea of having Bansky painting her on a wall in England.




Here's the kicker....no-one knows who Banksy is!! He has 
been around painting his graffiti on walls all over the UK 
many years and is now in New York.
He is known for slipping in, doing his thing and getting 
out before the police catch him. So now you know
why the Police in this painting. Is the cop looking though 
The Spirit of Banksy? What does he see?





Banksy's stencils feature striking and humorous images occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. Subjects often include rats, apes, policemen, soldiers, children, and the elderly. 




My collector had a great idea. He gave me the facts and the 
artistic freedom to create such a great piece with a lot of
meaning! I have to say this is an all the favorite for this year.

Obviously Banksy "is" Followng His Dreams!
Enjoy 
The Spirit of Banksy


If you have a concept that you would like to work
with me on, email me.


Banksy
There have been numerous rumors and hypotheses as to Banksy's identity. Names often suggested include Robert Banks and Robin Gunninghm.
In 2004, an alleged photograph of him in  Jamaica at the Two-Culture Clash Project surfaced. In October 2007, a story on the BBC website featured a photo allegedly taken by a passer-by in Bethnal Green  , London, purporting to show Banksy at work with an assistant, scaffolding and a truck. The story confirms that Tower Hamlets Council  in London has decided to treat all Banksy works as vandalism and remove them. Through the pictures, Banksy's identity was speculated to be Robin Gunningham, a man born in Bristol on 28 July 1973. Gunningham was educated at Bristol Cathedral Choir School and, according to a former friend, was "extremely talented at art." Gunningham lived with artist Luke Egan. Around 2000, when Banksy moved from Bristol to London, Gunningham is known to have moved from Bristol to a London flat in Hackney, and a number of Banksy's most famous works appeared nearby. At that time, Gunningham lived with Jamie Eastman, who worked for a record label that used illustrations by Banksy.
In May 2009, the Mail on Sunday once again speculated about Gunningham being Banksy after a "self-portrait" of a rat holding a sign with the face of the man on the 2004 photo shot on it was photographed in East London. This "new Banksy rat" story was also picked up by The Time and the  Evening Standard. In response to reports that Banksy was Robin Gunningham, Banksy's agent refused to either confirm or deny the reports.
Simon Hattenstone from  The Guardianis one of the very few people to have interviewed him face to face. Hattenstone describes him as "a cross of  Jimmy Nail and British rapper  Mike Skinner and "a 28-year old male who showed up wearing jeans and a t-shirt with a silver tooth, silver chain, and one silver earring. In the same interview, Banksy claimed that his parents think he is a painter and decorator.
Banksy himself states on his website:
I am unable to comment on who may or may not be Banksy, but anyone described as being 'good at drawing' doesn't sound like Banksy to me.

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.
His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
Banksy's work was made up of the  Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. According to author and graphic designer Tristan Manco and the book Home Sweet Home, Banksy "was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s." Observers have noted that his style is similar to  Blek le Flat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris,  Jef Aerosol, who sprayed his first street stencil in 1982 in Tours (France), and members of the  anarcho-punk band Crass, which maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, Banksy says he was inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of  Massive Attack.
Known for his contempt for the government in labeling graffiti as vandalism, Banksy displays his art on public surfaces such as walls, even going as far as to build physical prop pieces. Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti directly himself; however, art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder. Banksy's first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie," made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.[9] The film was released in the UK on 5 March 2010.[10] In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film.

Banksy's stencils feature striking and humorous images occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. Subjects often include rats, apes, policemen, soldiers, children, and the elderly. 
There have been numerous rumors and hypotheses as to Banksy's identity. Names often suggested include Robert Banks and Robin Gunninghm.
In 2004, an alleged photograph of him in  Jamaica at the Two-Culture Clash Project surfaced. In October 2007, a story on the BBC website featured a photo allegedly taken by a passer-by in Bethnal Green  , London, purporting to show Banksy at work with an assistant, scaffolding and a truck. The story confirms that Tower Hamlets Council  in London has decided to treat all Banksy works as vandalism and remove them. Through the pictures, Banksy's identity was speculated to be Robin Gunningham, a man born in Bristol on 28 July 1973. Gunningham was educated at Bristol Cathedral Choir School and, according to a former friend, was "extremely talented at art." Gunningham lived with artist Luke Egan. Around 2000, when Banksy moved from Bristol to London, Gunningham is known to have moved from Bristol to a London flat in Hackney, and a number of Banksy's most famous works appeared nearby. At that time, Gunningham lived with Jamie Eastman, who worked for a record label that used illustrations by Banksy.
In May 2009, the Mail on Sunday once again speculated about Gunningham being Banksy after a "self-portrait" of a rat holding a sign with the face of the man on the 2004 photo shot on it was photographed in East London. This "new Banksy rat" story was also picked up by The Time and the  Evening Standard. In response to reports that Banksy was Robin Gunningham, Banksy's agent refused to either confirm or deny the reports.
Simon Hattenstone from  The Guardianis one of the very few people to have interviewed him face to face. Hattenstone describes him as "a cross of  Jimmy Nail and British rapper  Mike Skinner and "a 28-year old male who showed up wearing jeans and a t-shirt with a silver tooth, silver chain, and one silver earring. In the same interview, Banksy claimed that his parents think he is a painter and decorator.
Banksy himself states on his website:
I am unable to comment on who may or may not be Banksy, but anyone described as being 'good at drawing' doesn't sound like Banksy to me.

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.
His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
Banksy's work was made up of the  Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. According to author and graphic designer Tristan Manco and the book Home Sweet Home, Banksy "was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s." Observers have noted that his style is similar to  Blek le Flat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris,  Jef Aerosol, who sprayed his first street stencil in 1982 in Tours (France), and members of the  anarcho-punk band Crass, which maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, Banksy says he was inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of  Massive Attack.
Known for his contempt for the government in labeling graffiti as vandalism, Banksy displays his art on public surfaces such as walls, even going as far as to build physical prop pieces. Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti directly himself; however, art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder. Banksy's first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie," made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.[9] The film was released in the UK on 5 March 2010.[10] In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film.



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2 comments:

Marie Theron said...

I loved it when he painted kittens on bombed buildings in Gaza or on images of those buildings to make people more aware. His reason: people only look at pictures of cute kittens on the Internet.

k. Madison Moore said...

I don't think I have seen those paintings Marie. I didn't know about him until my collector had his idea and I researched him. Personally love the guy. :)

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