The Art of Banksy
“The Art Of Banksy will serve as a welcome reminder of the explosive impact of the artist’s works, and of the powerful potential of street art. And that can’t be a bad thing” – Timeout
To stay anonymous in a world where social media is king, is not an easy feat. To do so whilst being the world’s best known street artist should be impossible. But Banksy somehow continues to pull it off.
Having started his “career” in London many moons ago, he’s made his way around the world, leaving his mark (and political messages) in just about every corner of the globe. There may not be much to know about the guy, but his artwork utterly captivates me. When I found out that an exhibition of his work was coming to Melbourne, I bought my ticket immediately.
“Bringing the historic streets of London to the steps of Melbourne, the exhibition will take visitors on a sort of journey, exploring the questionable genius of the world’s most infamous street artist with a retrospective of over 80 of the artists’ off-street masterpieces.
Most famously known for his stencilling technique, Banksy’s artwork combines dark humour with underlying political messages and social themes, which have made him one of the biggest contemporary artists of our time.
Curated by the artists’ former manager, Steve Lazarides, the exhibition presents the largest collection of Banksy artworks to reach Australian shores, including the iconic ‘Girl with Balloon’, ‘Flag Wall’ and ‘Laugh Now’ pieces. The exhibition also includes three pieces that have never been publicly exhibited.
All pieces included in The Art of Banksy exhibition are original works and limited edition screenprints by Banksy himself, which are all unique in their form.”
I’m not sure I can really explain why I’m so drawn to his work. Street art has always held an enormous appeal to me, it really gets to my core. The messages that speak to me through Banksy’s work mean something to me. They’ll mean something different to everyone, I’m sure, and that’s the beauty of art. Here’s a bit of a look..
“There are no exceptions to the rule that everyone thinks they’re an exception to the rule.”
“It takes a lot of guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no-one else believes in – like piece and justice and freedom.”
“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”
Its running until January 22nd, so grab a ticket. And if art isn’t quite enough to entice you, there are rotating food trucks and a beer garden…