Late that year, a tall, bearded figure in a dark overcoat, scarf and floppy hat strolled into Tate Britain clutching a large paper bag. He made his way to Room 7 on the second level. He then dug out his own picture, an unsigned oil painting of a rural scene he had found in a London street market. Across the canvas, which he had titled Crimewatch UK Has Ruined the Countryside for All of Us, he had stenciled blue-and-white police crime-scene tape.
The crazy thing is that at the time we were trying to sell the house, but couldn’t sell it because of the graffiti. People went, “We love the house, but we’re not buying it with all that stuff on the side.” Then we had this bright idea of selling the Banksy and throwing the house in for free as a publicity stunt for the urban art gallery Red Propeller we were starting.
Artwork is essential to any home décor. It presents your personal sense of style and taste, it welcomes people into a space, and it makes your new house or apartment feel like a home. There's a ton of approaches you can take to decorating your house, from the standard landscape prints in frames to beautiful tapestries. Those who really want to add unique style to their room choose stunning pieces of metal wall art.
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We work directly with artists to bring you a distinctive selection of prints, photographs, and vintage and museum-quality silkscreens. We seek out artists who fit our furniture design aesthetic to make it easy for you to pull together a cohesive look for your space. Working directly with artists helps us curate a thoughtful collection of artwork that includes many different media and reflects a range of inspirations.
Both Mickey Mouse and Ronald McDonald are two family-friendly faces of American capitalism, the same country that dropped Napalm on Vietnam. Banksy's work then becomes a critique of not just America but also of capitalism. The girl's horror-stricken face is juxtaposed against the two characters' big, bright smiles. In this simple image, Banksy shows both the fun, carefree facade of American culture, and the reality that America also has a very dark, underbelly which drops bombs on people, and both commercializes and glamorizes war. Banksy once stated that "The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages."
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Our posters are organized by category so that you can easily find what you are looking for. Also make sure you check out our Bestsellers to see our most popular posters. Regardless of whether you are looking for wall art for a bedroom, living room, kitchen, or kids room, we offer a large assortment of trendy prints that suit every room. All posters and prints are high-quality and printed on uncoated, thick paper with a matte and exclusive finish. We also offer fast delivery and secure payments.
When we renovated the Thekla in the dry dock in 2014, we removed the Grim Reaper to preserve and restore the artwork, and came up with the idea of using the original space for other Bristol street artists. Inkie came to mind immediately due to his connections with Banksy and he was happy to come and paint on the boat while it was still out of the water. The Grim Reaper is now free to view in the M-Shed museum.
The Fine Art Paper we use is acid and lignin free, ensuring the image won't fade over time. The thickness of the paper, which is measured as a weight, is 230gsm (grams per square meter), and is roughly the thickness of 3 sheets of standard photocopy paper put together. This paper type has been selected because of its exceptional print quality, meaning we are able to reproduce high-resolution imagery at museum quality standards. We use digital Giclee printing on our fine art paper.

Custom canvas prints are crafted with the excellence that will gain the attention of every person who passes by. They allow you to happily relive life’s milestones such as weddings and graduations. But they also allow you to showcase the awesome photos you took on vacations and candid precious moments you caught of children and pets. Canvas picture prints add an eye-catching focal point to the empty space on your wall. If you need help coming up with artistic and unique ideas for your photo to canvas, please visit our idea gallery for interesting ways to create collages and other forms of canvas photo printing.

Around this time, he also settled on his distinctive stencil approach to graffiti. When he was 18, he once wrote, he was painting a train with a gang of mates when the British Transport Police showed up and everyone ran. “The rest of my mates made it to the car,” Banksy recalled, “and disappeared so I spent over an hour hidden under a dumper truck with engine oil leaking all over me. As I lay there listening to the cops on the tracks, I realized I had to cut my painting time in half or give it up altogether. I was staring straight up at the stenciled plate on the bottom of the fuel tank when I realized I could just copy that style and make each letter three feet high.” But he also told his friend, author Tristan Manco: “As soon as I cut my first stencil I could feel the power there. I also like the political edge. All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history. They’ve been used to start revolutions and to stop wars.”
Ultimately, your own unique sensibilities should guide which modern art prints you choose. You can opt to display one print on its own for a restrained approach to decor, or you can group many different prints together for an impressive and engaging gallery wall. Our modern art prints mix well with a variety of other art types, including canvas art, wall sculptures and photography, so don’t hesitate to create a gallery wall that incorporates several different types of art for maximum aesthetic diversity. To make your gallery wall look its best, though, you may want to focus on picking art that matches in some way. Additionally, picking several different sizes and shapes for your gallery wall can help it look more balanced and organized without being too uniform.
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With tongue firmly planted in cheek, English graffiti artist and international prankster Banksy has managed to become one of the world's most recognized artists while remaining relatively anonymous. Staying true to the credos of street art, he's built a celebrated body of work, both permanent and impermanent, that utilizes satire, subversion, dark humor, and irony to create resonant social, political, and humanist messages for the masses on a populous and public level. His style is universally familiar, founded on a signature stencil aesthetic that has elevated him from mere man with a spray can to a highly creative artist in his own right. He is responsible for catapulting guerilla work into the mainstream as a viable form of art.

If you're shopping for a gift, you can't go wrong with wall art. If you're not sure what kind of art the person you're buying for likes or how their home is decorated, something traditional in neutral tones is a good choice because it goes with everything. Wall decor is a great present for most any occasion, whether it's a birthday or holiday. However, you don't need a special reason to treat yourself or someone special to a beautiful piece of art.

Many people believe that this piece stems from the Bristol riots back in the early 1980’s, but according to Jim Paine in the book “Home Sweet Home” that isn’t true at all. In the late 90’s in Bristol there were many free, unlicensed parties at various warehouses across the city. There was trouble at one such party at Winterstoke Road, where according to Jim “Many of the crowd that night were assaulted by police…it marked the beginning of a more hardline approach from the police, using violence as a method of breaking up parties“. The “Mild Mild West” was painted by Banksy on the side of a building in Stokes Croft, Bristol and was done over the course of 3 days in broad daylight. It remains there to this day. Mild Mild West location.

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Our posters are organized by category so that you can easily find what you are looking for. Also make sure you check out our Bestsellers to see our most popular posters. Regardless of whether you are looking for wall art for a bedroom, living room, kitchen, or kids room, we offer a large assortment of trendy prints that suit every room. All posters and prints are high-quality and printed on uncoated, thick paper with a matte and exclusive finish. We also offer fast delivery and secure payments.
With both first time homeowners to the seasoned DIY pros, one of the most common questions we receive is, "How do I hang my new wall art so it looks best?" The basic rule of museums is to hang pictures at eye level so the center is 57" high. In the home however, this rule can be broken to maintain an intimate connection with the artwork and allow for a smooth visual flow throughout the room. Try hanging pictures 5 to 6 inches above shelves and tables and at eye-level above seating and couches. Remember to always use your own best judgment to keep the look proportionate. Another tip is to hang multiple wall art pieces in odd-numbers, as these groupings generally look more pleasing and "arranged" to the eye. Lastly, browse our wide selection of picture lights or check out our entire selection of lighting to ensure that your collection is shown in the best light. Contact us for more ideas or for help in choosing your new wall art!
According to some sources, his real name would be Robin or Robert Banks but, again, nothing is certain. Banksy insists stubbornly on remaining anonymous, as the graffiti’s spirit that involves creating artworks in the purest secret. His art is a mixture of irony, irreverence, humor and often contains very clear messages, in the context where they are not interpreted literally.
Invite a cool tone into your surroundings with an aqua-colored vase bearing leafy branches. This blue wall art would look astonishing on a pale yellow wall; simply find a few Greek key pillows in a similar green-blue to line up on your couch. You could even hang a dark blue compass rose for a unique wayfaring element in your bedroom. Just throw in a white comforter patterned with navy blue stripes for a nautical vibe or watercolor florals, if you're leaning toward a more modern style.
Metal artwork looks great in every room of the home. There are so many designs and styles to choose from when you decide to decorate your walls with metal wall art. You can go with text artwork, nature artwork, wrought iron wall decor, and more. There are also different color options available, so you're not just limited to black metal artwork. Decorating with this medium truly allows you to get creative. You can mix and match colors, sizes, and styles to create a look that is unique to your home with metal wall decor.
The piece can be read in many ways. In one respect, Banksy is advocating for a sexual-identity accepting society by placing icons of authority in a pro-gay position. His use of policemen, rather than ordinary citizens, is intriguing, because the very subjects of his tender portrayal are often the ones to working to eradicate his vandalism. While some believe that he is poking fun at policemen, showing them in a vulnerable, intimate moment, others read the work more positively, as showing a human side to the police force, and emphasizing the strong bonds that exist on the police force between partners and teammates. The work is an undeniable testament to Banksy's use of irony to challenge us to build a bridge of understanding between expected enemies of ideology.
Banksy, who "is not represented by any of the commercial galleries that sell his work second hand (including Lazarides Ltd, Andipa Gallery, Bank Robber, Dreweatts etc.)",[67] claims that the exhibition at Vanina Holasek Gallery in New York City (his first major exhibition in that city) is unauthorised. The exhibition featured 62 of their paintings and prints.[68]

Choosing a tag or graffiti name was common in this subculture to brand work and to avoid arrest. This is the name that he has stuck with since. The Bristol street artists adopted graffiti-style pseudonyms and painted in collaborative groups or ‘crews’. His earliest influence was musician and graffiti writer 3D, one of the pioneers who brought free-hand, spraycan-style graffiti writing to the UK from the New York subways.
With both first time homeowners to the seasoned DIY pros, one of the most common questions we receive is, "How do I hang my new wall art so it looks best?" The basic rule of museums is to hang pictures at eye level so the center is 57" high. In the home however, this rule can be broken to maintain an intimate connection with the artwork and allow for a smooth visual flow throughout the room. Try hanging pictures 5 to 6 inches above shelves and tables and at eye-level above seating and couches. Remember to always use your own best judgment to keep the look proportionate. Another tip is to hang multiple wall art pieces in odd-numbers, as these groupings generally look more pleasing and "arranged" to the eye. Lastly, browse our wide selection of picture lights or check out our entire selection of lighting to ensure that your collection is shown in the best light. Contact us for more ideas or for help in choosing your new wall art!
Artwork description & Analysis: This more recent Banksy work serves as an excellent example of the way that "guerrilla" street artists use the surrounding environment as an integral part of their works. In this work, Banksy has stenciled a simple black silhouette of a child with a large mallet in the process of striking something in front of him. The pre-existing object that the boy is about to hit is a red fire hydrant, which has a pipe coming up through the top leading directly to a round red object several feet higher (possibly a fire alarm). With the inclusion of the small boy with the mallet, this utilitarian plumbing fixture is instantly transformed to look like a "high striker" or "strength tester" (the classic carnival game where a player must use a mallet to hit a lever at the bottom of a tower, with the goal of launching a small puck upwards to hit the bell at the top of the tower).
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Banksy’s ‘Gangsta Rat’ character has appeared at various locations, but perhaps the most well documented ‘Gangsta Rat’ is the one in the picture here, which was first spotted at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London in 2006. The rat, who is indeed looking rather ‘gangster’ with his chain and baseball cap, was later sold at auction. Gangsta Rat location (approximate).

Located in a car park on Broadway, Downtown LA, Swing Girl is another example of Banksy making use of what was already there. The ‘ing’ portion of the parking sign have been whitewashed out to form park and a girl on a swing added to the letter A. It seems clear that it is a comment on how there is a lack of places for kids to play safely in what is a fairly rough area of LA. The artwork appeared in 2010 a few days prior to the LA première of Banksy’s film Exit Through The Gift Shop. Swing Girl location
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