Graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter, Banksy, is one of the greatest street artists of our time, his work on streets, walls, and bridges all over the globe, from London to Israel. He combines dark humour and graffiti and applies it in his distinctive stencilling technique.
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These are some quotes from Banksy’s book Wall and Piece that I found interesting, and made me think about graffiti and street art in a different perspective:
“Despite what they say graffiti is not the lowest form of art. Although you might have to creep about at night and lie to your mum it’s actually one of the more honest art forms available. There is no elitism or hype, it exhibits on the best walls a town has to offer and nobody is put off by the price of admission.”
“A wall has always been the best place to publish your work.”
“The people who truly deface our neighbourhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff. They expect to be able to shout their message from every available surface but you’re never aloud to answer back. Well, they started the fight of the fight and the wall is the weapon of choice to hit them back.”