Banksy has become Britain’s most infamous young artist. Originally from Bristol, he has taken his provocative and inspiring brand of vandalism to sites world-wide, from the Sydney Opera House to Cuba. A media favourite for stunts like hanging his own work in the Tate gallery, but a popular star long before any of this high-profile activity – simply because the people love his stuff.
Banksy has not only brought UK graphic art to an international audience but has proven, through his emotional and provocative work, that his generation are not the apathetic and unfeeling demographic they are made out to be. Banksy’s satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy’s work was born of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. According to author and graphic designer Tristan Manco and the book Home Sweet Home, Banksy “was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s.” Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris and Jef Aerosol who sprayed his first street stencil in 1982 in Tours (France), and members of the anarcho-punk band Crass, which maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980s. However Banksy himself stated on his website that in all actuality he based his work on that of 3D from Massive Attack, stating, “No, I copied 3D from Massive Attack. He can actually draw.”
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If you like Banksy but think his astronomic prices might have become be a tad steep you might find solace in knowing there are some younger artists following his trail who have received great response by public and media alike and are showing great signs.
1. VAN DONNA
- Van Donna = Van Gogh + Madonna. Both are the artist’s personal heroes and inspiration.
- An active philanthropist, the artist was selected to donate an original painting sold at the Terrence Higgins Trust annual charitable auction.
- She saw her debut at auctions in Christies’s London successfully selling an original paintings for several thousands of pounds.
- A selection of her artworks was added to the permanent collection of the Faberge Museum in St. Petersburg and the Freud Museum in London. Van Donna’s works have been exhibited in sold-out shows in NYC, Dubai and Riyadh in the show “Riyadh Underground” created by members of the Saudi Royal Family.
- Van Donna counts in celebrity fans like Ringo Starr who picked “All You Need Is Love” as his favourite of her artworks. Top Warhol, Banksy Rothko collectors, global top 500 CEO’s, Royal Families and Heads Of State as well as many celebrities are adding Van Donna artworks to their collections.
- British artist Van Donna recently made the news after the Daily Mail reported that Prince Harry added her diptych ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’ to his own collection, presumably as a love gift for his now bride-to-be Meghan Markle.
Van Donna has so far enjoyed massive press coverage by People, Architectural Digest, Vogue, Grazia, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, Insider, Refinery 29, Harper’s Bazaar, Express, Hello!, Mirror, Glamour, Metro, Conde Nast Traveler, Artnet, Yahoo!, IBT, OK!, 9 Honey, Pop Sugar, MSN, 93.7FM, Female First, Whimn, Kiis 101.1, Daily Star, Brides, Bustle and more.
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- The creator of the “GoodFellas” spoof piece – a true smash and irresistibly relevant – E$COBAR’s tag name comes from Pablo Escobar, antihero of the Netflix smash series Narcos.
- His artworks explore the Western world’s culture, its values and its contradictions appealing to the Western, Middle Eastern and Eastern cultures at the same time.
- Global top 500 CEO’s, Royal Families, Heads Of State as well as many celebrities, football players and TV personalities are adding his works to their collections.
- E$COBAR has been featured in sold-out shows in London, NY, Dubai and Riyadh, sold pieces at auctions and had a dedicated one night event at London’s top night club Maddox.
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Dubbed “The female Banksy”, street artist Bambi, whose fans range from Robbie Williams to Rihanna, reveals the importance of social issues and feminism to her work – but offers few hints as to her identity.
Her work decorates the streets and underpasses of north London, as well as the homes of everyone from Kanye West and Rihanna to Robbie Williams and Adele, but – like her male counterpart Banksy – Britain’s best-known female street artist has gone to great lengths to preserve her anonymity…