Banksy : A Renowned British Street Artist  (GS Paper 1 Art and Culture )

Context : 

  • British Street Artist Banki is in news nowadays because his work is auctioned in London in 18.6 million pounds (A record for an artist )

  • About Banksy’s Work

  • “Love is in the Bin” is the title of his artwork 

  • It consists of a half-shredded canvas in an ornate frame bearing a spray-painted image of a girl reaching for a heart-shaped red balloon.

  • When it last sold at Sotheby’s in October 2018, the piece was known as Girl With Balloon.

  • His mischievous and often satirical images include two male police officers kissing, armed riot police with yellow smiley faces and a chimpanzee with a sign bearing the words, “Laugh now, but one day I’ll be in charge.”

  • In March, a Banksy mural honouring Britain’s health workers, first painted on a hospital wall, sold for 16.8 million pounds ($29.5 million) at a Christie’s auction, which was — until this week — a record for the artist.

  • Girl With Balloon was originally stencilled on a wall in east London and has been endlessly reproduced, becoming one of Banksy’s best-known images.

About Banksy 

  • Even Though , we do not know much about Banksy because he has not disclosed his identity much . 

  • First time he was come in notice when his art work was presented in public in 1993 

  • Nowadays he is renowned street artist not only of England but internationally recognised also 

  • Since 2000, he has developed many images which are highly recognizable like Rats & Police man . This image not only expresses his artist work but it also communicates a message. This message is against the authoritarian rule

  • The beauty of Banksy artwork is that he merged graffiti art with installation and performance.

  • “Turf war: is also highly appreciable work in which used  the bodies of live pigs for painting 

  • “Crude Oils”  is also his other work which was shown in London in 2005. Although in this artwork he followed the techniques and style of Claude Monet , Vincent van Ghos and Edward Hopper his presentation was unique . in this exhibition he released 200 live rats in the gallery

  • After this, he had become fully recognised painter and everywhere in the world his work was appreciated 

  • His art works can be seen in the walls of London, Newyork etc

  • Many books of Banksy have been published up to now . for example Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall which was published in 2001 and by the next year his another book Existencilism was published . Wall and Piece is also highly recommended book

  • Among all of this work is an image of lifesize, in this image the kissing of two policemen is shown. This image is also picturised in the futuristic film Children of Men 

  • He also directed a film . Exit Through the Gift Shop,a documentary film of 2010 shows this person of versatile virtues 

This artist is a multi talented artist who is not only an expert in painting but also He is a book writer and directed many films also. The most interesting thing about this artist is that he had not opened his identity clearly 

Dr ANSHUL BAJPAI

Plutus IAS daily current affairs 16 Oct 2021