Combining dark humour with a distinctive approach to the stencil, Banksy’s ephemeral works of political and social commentary have made him one of the most notorious street artists of his time.
His ability to condense complex political situations into one, deceptively simple image lends every work a viral effect – a contagion which has only spread in this age of social media. Since his first graffiti works in 1990, Banksy has maintained an elusive identity: a secret that continues to fuel worldwide curiosity. His artworks have acquired a mythologised, must-see status, known informally as ‘The Banksy Effect’: wherever they appear, crowds flock to see the latest from Bristol’s mysterious master.
Banksy continues to deliver controversial street art around the world. His recent work has incorporated a variety of ephemera, including street signs, drain covers, and other urban ornaments, conveying his satirical messages through witty street-installations.