Original prankster?

Rockboy.jpgVia pica+pixel, an interview with graffiti artist Bansky in Swindle Magazine. This guy’s fly-by-night art often makes strong political and social statements, and he’s developed quite a following in Britain and abroad.

Some highlights:

“The art world is the biggest joke going. It’s a rest home for the overprivileged, the pretentious, and the weak. And modern art is a disgrace—never have so many people used so much stuff and taken so long to say so little. Still, the plus side is it’s probably the easiest business in the world to walk into with no talent and make a few bucks.”

“I stenciled the door of an electrical block in south London and recently someone sawed it off and sold it at a famous auction house for £24,000, but in that same week Islington council power sprayed off eight of my new stencils on one road. What I’m finding is art is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it, or willing to pay to not have to look at it.”

What do you think of this pseudo-anonymous artist?

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2 thoughts on “Original prankster?

  1. Linda St. James

    Grafitti ARTIST? I don’t think so. More like graffiti VANDAL — because that’s what graffiti is — vandalism. I don’t care how good the "art" itself is, someone who does graffiti is still defacing someone else’s property! He really ought to be arrested. If you want to be a painter, idiot, get some canvas and prove youself on a standardized medium, like the rest of us. Bet your work doesn’t make it, though, because it will have lost the "novelty" factor, and therefore be unable to stand on its own. You ought to be ashamed of yourself!

  2. Alan G


    I think he is creative, inventive and talented. But let’s be honest, I don’t see his work sweeping many art critics off their feet either today….or tomorrow. On the other hand we could always hold up Mr. Warhol as an example and testament as to what the future could have in store for this individual. Especially given the social overtones of some of his work.

    I suggest that the timing may be right for Mr. Banksy to do some large canvas work and start looking for a nice Rolls. As far as the “pseudo-anonymous” character, I like that. Of course I like Batman and Superman too.