So there I was, walking towards Glastonbury Tor with my wife and friends this weekend, when I was stopped in my tracks by a piece of graffiti only inches to my left. "LOOK, LOOK" I gasped like an exited school child, "...a new and original Banksy!"
I can't tell you how excited I was to discover it, especially when I could confirm it's authenticity on the web, and especially when I found out it was only a few weeks old. My friends just humoured me in their naivety of the artist's works, but I was so chuffed to have stumbled across it by chance, that I couldn't wait to shout about it to the long-serving regulars on this forum.
Isn't that just so kewl
When I saw the thread title,
When I saw the thread title, I thought it was going to be about something else. We had a story on the news here when the Glastonbury Festival was on about Banksy being involved in painting a bunch of portaloos that had been set out in a circle at the 'stone circle' thereby raising the ire of crusties and other long-time hangers-out at the circle cos it blocked their view of the festival site. But this looks like something different.
Yes but what form was it in
Yes but what form was it in what was it on, did you not think to get a fork lift and attempt to extricate the boulder from the ground and take it back to your garden?
He did do the porta loos,
He did do the porta loos, also I think the problem with those that caused angst and anger was that they attempted to fashion the cabins in a mock Stonehenge configuration, which didn't meet with approval
Money in the Banksy
This guy really is famous! Being the ignorant dude I am, I threw 'Banksy' in to Wikipedia and the first sentence of the article that came up was "Banksy is a well-known yet pseudo-anonymous English graffiti artist, possibly named Robert Banks".
Off to read up so I understand your excitement! Later,
This is interesting too, about the monetary value of his work...
Personally, I just love his sense of humour (scroll right and then click next (and then the same again))...
Banksy of England!
That's incredible! Not sure how I hadn't heard of him before, but some of those works of art are just genious. I wouldn't have liked to have been those Grafitti clean-up artists in London (who had to get rid of the Pulp Fiction with Banana's thing). Bet they got some hisses from passer-bys!!
Read the snippet of
Read the snippet of newspaper on the far right of this page > http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/horizontal_1.htm
...there's some twisted-ironic justice for you
It p'aint right!
What idiots (the van with the massive mobile phone number on the sign). I read a news article on Yahoo recently of some Japanese armed robbers who afterwards forgot whether there was a cctv camera in the shop. So insistent were they both that they made bets with each other and went back, side by side, to stare right at the blimmin thing. I believe it said they had a 'we're not wearing our masks so no-one will recognise us' type mentality, despite going back the same day in the exact outfits. But yeah.
Does make me wonder how the judge got away with that. Banksy illegally graffiti'ed that wall and because the pub liked it they kept it. However, these guys, idiots that they were, also illegally 'made a statement' they probably thought would be well recieved yet that get arrested.
Don't get me wrong, I think what Banksy did was awesome, but how does the judge draw the moral line on that one?
Banksy didn't get caught
Banksy didn't get caught
I want to Bank-See!
Could you do me a massive favour? I couldn't see the web page of the specific piece of art you saw in Glastonbury, could you post the jpg or something? Or just send it to me! I'm really intrigued now...
Under block and key
Restricted internet access on the office network I'm on. I don't have permission to see it. Blocked site apparently!
Those guys got caught and
Those guys got caught and prosecuted. Overzealous council contractors get away with it ...
Do you get the google cache
here ye go
A 'Spray' of hope!
HAha, I like it! I would have been well excited if I'd come across that too, and hopefully I'll stumble across a piece sometime and be able to say to whoever I'm with 'That's a Banksy' then have the pleasure of explaining it.
According to Wikipedia he was voted the UKs best living artist. Now there's an achievement. I appreciate you having bought this artist to my attention!
P.S. Loving the messages in the art as much as the art itself!
voted the best living UK
voted the best living UK artist! by whom?
what about people like Hockney? I quite fancy seeing his new landscape as it looks stunning and at some 50 panels, each about 3' square it's enormous, however I do like Banksy a lot and he seems to developing rapidly and will be part of the art establishment before he knows it
I'm a fine artist (mainly
I'm a fine artist (mainly watercolours and pencils) as well as a designer, yet most of what the establishment calls 'modern art' makes me want to cry with the foolishness of these viewers of the emperor's new cloths. But Banksy gets my vote for the UK's best living artist. Definitely. It's not just carelessly sprayed paint; there's real artistic talent in his work. Plus you get the statements too. Plus the whole 'Banksy' ethos and momentum is just so 'urban' and clever and kewl. I love it.
The cited forum members (re Chris's post) wondered what the statement was in this, his latest piece of work (I still can't believe I just stumbled across it!!!), whereas to me it is crystal clear and follows many of his other statements: the scene is a depressing sign of the times we live in. Nothing more sinister or hateful than that - the girl could be packin' a knife and the (deliberately drawn) harmless 'father figure' bobby has got to deal with that!
Can you see now why I knew for sure that it was a Banksy as soon as I saw it? I'm still so exited
Couldn't agree with you more
Couldn't agree with you more on all of the above Roy, my personal hatred is that Tracy ermine or whatever her name is closely followed by Damian Hurst.
Bansky is what 'Art' is meant to be about and I still look at his work and wonder how one can be so skilled with something so unwieldy as a spray can.
This particular image is a gem I just wish I could see it in the flesh as it were.
voted the best living UK artist! by whom?
"21st May 2007 Banksy gained the award for Art's Greatest living Briton, Banksy as expected did not turn up to collect his award and continued with his notorious anonymous status." - Wikipedia (article on 'Banksy').
Doesn't say by whom!
And yeah RTB, I can definitely see the message in the one you saw. It's sad but so accurate. And I also get what your saying about most 'modern art'. Loved the Emperors New Clothes (excuse spelling) analogy!!