You’ve probably already heard, or ‘seen’ of Banksy, the graffiti-artist from England who adds to an ordinary street wall a value of up to £450,000 (!).
He does, what I like to call, a kinder, a nicer kind of graffiti. I’m not a fan of graffiti but his has something.. touchy, a little touch of romantic drawing to it which is due to the stencilling technique, I would guess. Which make his sprayings appear more soft and tender and not so brutal like most of the graffiti – at least to me.
Banksy (which is only a pseudonym, his identity remains unknown) is a provocateur (as we say in french). He loves to provoke and chock society with his graffiti.
“His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.”
Like this statement on child labour in the UK which appeared lately on a wall in London, for example.
.. or this
..or this one which figures on a wall near Betlehem
And now there are entire Banksy murals up for auction! Apparently entire pieces of walls have been removed from buildings in order to be sold, leaving a blank spot and disappointed neighbors who got used to their Banksy graffitis declaring that “a community landmark had been removed.”
The profits of the auction are supposed to go to charity. But not all of them. Some of the disapeared murals are considered as theft. Crazy, right?
You can read more crazy stuff about him here.