Banksy vs. Bristol MuseumJuly 9th, 2009 by Rick
Some call it art. Some call it graffiti. Banksy has a different view of his work:
People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly.
The work of the English graffiti artist simply known as Banksy has invaded the Bristol Museum located on Queens Road in Bristol, England. Not much is known about the artist. What is known, is what can be seen through his unique ideas and wild artwork, which steer clear of commercial galleries and has been seen in various cities across the planet.
Banksy once said:
Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a sharp knife to it.
The fact that Banksy has a wide range of different art styles and techniques, whose artwork pops up all of over the world, leaves one to question if perhaps Banksy is actually a group or collective that run under one identity. Over the years various information has come out regarding Banksy’s true identity, but nothing solid.
Banksy wrote at his website:
I am unable to comment on who may or may not be Banksy, but anyone described as being ‘good at drawing’ doesn’t sound like Banksy to me.
The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.
Banksy’s art has been within the Bristol Museum since June 13 and will be on exhibition until August 31. The Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm, with admission being free.
Samples of his art can be found below.
- Stencil on the Thekla Social entertainment boat, central Bristol.
- Naked Man image by Banksy, on the wall of a sexual health clinic on Park Street, in Bristol.
- Stencil of Charles Manson in a prison suit, hitchhiking to anywhere, at an Archway, London.
- Work on a building in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Graffiti paintings on the Israeli West Bank barrier near Qalandia.
- A painting on a wall near Bethléem.
Really, if you’re nearby, you must check in.