Banksy in Bristol.

This file was prepared by Max Darby in 2010

The following works by well-know stencil street artist Banksy (below) were photographed in Bristol, UK. Specal thanks to Gill for driving me to Bristol and for helping me to find the works. The works included here are for educational use and not for commercial gain and, fortunately, Banksy has stated he doesn’t believe in copyright – which was one of the reasons no catalogue was produced. The file should be cross-referenced with the file on student artworks titled Stencil Wall Art: Year 10, and to the file titled Street Art.

Many street works can be found in Bristol if you only know where to look. Many of them are not Banksy’s. The obvious answer to locating his works is to ask. Everyone knows of him. He is famous there. But, ask the street kids and they will tell you stuff that many people don’t know. I did exactly that (see pic).

Also included is a photograph of one of the numerous works made by Banksy in Melbourne, Australia. Banksy acknowledged the enormous influence of French artist Blek le Rat when he said that everytime he thought he had invented something he considered original, he discovered Blek had already done it! I met and talked to Blek about his own and Banksy’s work at an exhibition recently and he acknowledged the quality of Banksy’s politial and societal commentaries and observations. Banksy is to return to Melbourne in mid 2010 for a big exhibition of Street Art including his, and it’s expected some new work might result from his visit.

A file of class activities related to Street Art and Banksy is being developed. It will also include some outstanding students works. The file will soon be included under the menu item Articles.

Don’t let anyone tell you Banksy isn’t a ‘real’ artist. Regardless of whether you like his work or not, if you can find ‘glossy’ books on him in The National Gallery in London (and elsewhere, of course)  he’s made it! If you don’t actually want to teach students about Banksy, then Art teachers still have an obligation to help students to understand why they like the things they like.

You might like to make a comparison with the street works titled Urban Paintings by Rowena Martinich – (see Exhibitions in the Home Page menu). Or, if you have any doubts about his work, make a comparison to the silk-screen stencil works of Warhol.

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19 Responses to “Banksy”

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  2. max says:

    I’m glad you appreciate what I’ve been able to do so far. Share with me what you know or even what you like. I have so much more not online yet. There are some Analysis Worksheets about Street Art on this website under Articles on Teaching Art. Thanks for the positive feedback. Cheers Max.

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  4. max says:

    Glad you like it..I’m going to a Banksy exhibition in Melbourne and since he’s ‘come out’ (at last) I’m hoping to meet him, as I did Blek le Rat and Swoon! Metro 5 Gallery in Melbourne have some for sale…wooo hoooo.
    Cheers the Guru, Max

  5. bambambam- onyabike-tag says:

    great info. noticed both Banksy and Blek have stencil works in Hosier Lane in central Melbourne. getting famous now for street art.

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  10. max says:

    Response to Megs…sure I can draw, and I love it and developing diverse skills and techniques…currently doing lots of environmental work in the Australian bush…making my own charcoal from burnt twigs…and using recycled paper and home-made paper…also deliberatly drawing with my left hand…it makes me concentrate in different ways and gives a kind of ‘naive’ but still knowledgeable effect. And you? Send me some pics and I can include them somewhere. Hey, how about all of you sending me a drawing or two and we can have a joint online show! Seriously!!! Cheers Max

  11. max says:

    You look pretty good in front of it on this site and you took many of the best ones here anyway!!!! I’m happy you could find time for a look.
    Cheers Max

  12. Gill says:

    Good to see the Bristol Banksy artworks on the website. Glad I’m usually behind the lens and not in front of it though!


  13. Megs says:

    Saw this great quote by Banksy…sums it all up I say.

    “All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw?”
    — Banksy

    Love your site. But can you draw? Megs.

  14. max says:

    I’m glad you like it. Contribute if you have any ideas. It’s just the beginning of a file that will be quiite extensive, including other street artists. Banksy is to be here in Melbourne next month, and no doubt some more Banksy works will miraculously appear on the walls. I’ll include them if they do. Best wishes Max

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    Glad you liked it. I’ll put a better reply on site as soon as I find out.

    Banksy obviously drew you in? There will be much more going onto the site soon as well as other street artists.


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