Have you ever heard of Banksy?
Banksy is a street artist in England! He is what we call an anonymous artist, because no one really knows what he looks like, sounds like, or even his real name! His art appears overnight like magic in the streets of major cites all over the world. His art is spontaneous. Some even call it vandalism. Vandalism is action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property. Banksy has been described as a political activist, a person who supports a strong political cause, like anti-war or woman's rights.
His work is like graffiti, using paint on the sides of buildings, sidewalks and street. To do this, he first creates a stencil. This helps him get his work done quickly with less risk of being seen. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy says that he was inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist and founding member of the musical group Massive Attack.
Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces, such as walls and self-built physical prop pieces. He no longer sells photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti, but his public "installations" are regularly resold, often by removing the wall on which they were painted! Although a lot of his art is produced in public places, he usually only reveals that it's his after it has appeared on his social media.
A lot of his art is done in a particular style, which people can easily recognize.
What do you think? Should Banksy get in trouble for his artwork, or should he be allowed to continue creating?
Blek le Rat is considered to be the father of "stencil graffiti" and people sometimes confuse the work of the two artists.
Can you make stencils at home? Let's try!
- Piece of cardboard or card stock or paper plate
- Painting materials
First, use your pencil to draw a simple outline for your stencil on your cardboard, card stock or paper plate. For your first one, try to think of something with little detail, like a cloud, apple or a star.
Next, get an adult's helps to cut this shape out! Your adult might choose to use something sharper than scissors, like an Excato blade. Make sure your adult is very careful!
Now that you have your stencil, let's try it out! Lay it over your paper. It might help to tape it down so it will stay still. Then, fill in the cut-out with paint! Start with just one color. When that is dry, you can add details!