Bristol is located in Great Britain. Bristol is in England. In the north of Bristol is Severn, in the south is Wessex, in the east is Central and in the west is the Celtic sea.
A graffiti artist known Bansky has managed to be very important in contemporary art. He is basically the reason why in Bristol there is so much street art. Along with this, Bristol is a city which encourages this type of art, and also open museums about it, etc.
Bansky is the pseudonym of a British graffiti artist. He was born in Yate, near Bristol, in 1974 or 1975, but he grew up in Bristol. He is between 28 and 35 years old and he began to paint in Bristol between 1992 and 1994.
He is a white, tall man and his hair is blond. He wears baggy clothes typically of graffiti and rappers.
Banksy is the most popular graffiti artist now, but he is an anonymous artist so not many people know his biography.
His paintings criticize politics and culture, and they are a combination of graffiti with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. His paintings are sometimes in black and white.
Many people think that Banksy’s art is no art but vandalism because sometimes he paints in public spaces, which is illegal.
Bansky works for a charity organization such as Greenpeace and for companies such as Puma or MTV.
The subjects of his pictures include rats, monkeys, policemen, soldiers, children, and the elderly.
Banksy published three books of his pictures from different cities. And he goes into museums and hangs his pictures illegally.
The Banksy’s exhibition last summer was on 13 June 2009 at “Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery”. In the exhibition there were 100 works of art, and there were 8,500 visitors.
The exhibition lasted twelve weeks and it was visited 300,000 times.
Banksy didn’t let anybody participate in the exhibition. He did the preparatives of the exhibition alone and he represented street situations.
The director of the exhibition wanted to keep it in secret because he thought that Banksy would evade the rules, but finally it was an exciting exhibition.
If we went to Bristol, first of all, we’d like to see the place where the TV series called Skins was filmed. Then we’d like to see some of Banksy’s works live and obviously the most important places in Bristol.
We found this video that summarizes what Bristol people think about his most international artist.
Lorena Cubas i Roser Garcia
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