Street art is a commodity in 2015. Banksy is opening a huge five-week exhibition that will see half the civilised world cancel their holiday plans and head to Weston-Super-Mare. Huge brands like Sony are taking to the streets of Shoreditch to spray paint adverts on the walls. And celebrities are falling over themselves to buy work by a secretive female street artist known only as Bambi.
Artwork by the so-called “female Banksy” has been cropping up in London for the past eight years but gained traction recently when celebrities like Rihanna and the Jolie-Pitts commissioned pieces by her.
Who is she, you ask? No one has the foggiest. Aside from similar styles of work and names that are phonetic cousins, it’s the anonymity that is fuelling the Banksy comparison, and all the hype that goes with it. If anything, she’s even harder to pin down, with fewer print runs than her counterpart.
Here’s what we’ve got on her so far…