Are graffiti artists- social commentators, propaganda artists or vandals?
Banksy is an anonymous England-based graffiti artist who started as a freehand graffiti artist in 1990-1994 as one of Bristol’s DryBreadZ crew, with two other artists known as Kato and Tes in the underground seen. Banksy’s work grew out of Bristol’s underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. This allowed for his view on the world to become more well known through his art. His art mocks the world in a kind of way like his work when he writes cancelled over follow your dreams.
Banksy combines dark humor with graffiti and executes them with a distinctive stenciling technique. Stencils are traditionally hand drawn or printed onto sheets of acetate or card, before being cut out by hand, but because of the secretive nature of banksy’s work and identity, it is uncertain to what kind of techniques they use to create these images in the stencils.
Banksy displays their art on publicly visible surface such as walls and self-built physical prop pieces, these works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
Banksy’s first film ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ was billed as “the worlds first street art disaster movie”, made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In January 2011, Bansky was nominated for the Academy Award For Best Documentary for the film. In 2014, Banksy was awarded Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards.
Banksy was named graffiti master, painter, activist, filmmaker and all purpose provocateur by time magazine for its list of worlds 100 most influential people in 2010, he found himself in the company of many famous people such as Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, and Lady Gaga. He supplied a picture of himself on a paper bag over his head.