Though and artworks of Banksy
If there is a name in street art that standing over anyone else, this is certainly Bansky. The English artist made artworks all over the world, keeping private his identity. Most of his graffiti concerning political, social and ethical themes. Even though the artist is famous for his outdoor art, he also makes indoor art, using canvas and wood.
This post is mainly focused on the indoor artworks of Bansky, some of them are part of private collections, other part of museums.
The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings of all times, and might also be the most re-used, the Artist has done in many ways, covering her with a giant smile or pulling up her dress, for example. Bansky’s Mona Lisa in pink it represent something different, the goal is to mesh up the classic image of Leonardo with the pop art style of Andy Warhol.
Here Bansky modifies an oil painting, the antique landscape it’s overpainted with quotidian iconography. The concept is transform the cultural markers of a wealthy elite into immediate puns accessible to a wider audience.
This is the version on Canvas of a graffiti located in Bethlehem, the artist replaced a Molotov with flowers. Bansky leads us to believe that the subject has armed himself for a war. The flowers portray peace and hope instead of destruction.
The events of Beanfield
The 1st June 1985 toke place a tragic event in Beanfileld, during the Stonehenge Free Festival. At the event were participating 600 New Age travelers and over 1300 police officers were involveved. The attacks of the police were so violent, according to the Observer, even pregnant women were clubbed and hit by the officers. Dozens of people were injured also between the police and many ended in Hospital. 537 people were arrested. Was one of the largest mass arrest of civilians since the second World War.
The face of the policeman is hidden behind a yellow smiley face. He doesn’t have ears to hear the voice of the crowd and he is facing their problems with a smile. He wants us to think about the mask we are wearing in this capitalistic system.
One of the most iconic work of the artist, the first version was discovered in South Bank, London in 2002 on the wall of a stairway. The message is that there is always a hope despite seemingly awful circumstances that could happen in life.
The barcode is often uses as a symbol to represent anti consumerism. For Bansky the barcode is a symbol of greed and a phenomenon that keeps us captive a circus animal in a cage. The Leopard in the artwork has just been escaped from this controlled society.
These artworks express the artist’s view on the establishment’s power. Bansky turns the world upside down by showing us a British police officer, giving his audience the finger. That’s seems to show that he probably doesn’t care to the people that he supposed to protect.