Wednesday, April 23, 2008


It will be my eldest daughter, Nikki’s, birthday in a couple of months. She just moved into a new house in Beckenham, Kent, when I asked her if there was anything she wanted. Nikki trained to be an actress at ALRA and has since devoted her life to helping animals, and kids with learning disabilities. She is passionate about art and design and told me what she would love is something by Banksy.

Banksy has supplanted the young British artists as the hot young thing. A graffiti hero who started out on the streets, his stuff is beautiful; anti-war, anti-capitalist and anti-establishment. It’s humorous but with a bite. In April this year, his Pulp Fiction image of Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta clutching bananas instead of guns stopped people in their tracks, so much so that Transport for London found themselves forced to paint over the image!

This guy Banksy is the real deal. The only gallery he works with is Lazarides in Greek Street, Soho, London.


yo_ghurt said...

I have a vague recollection that Banksy (then completely unknown)was commissioned to paint a wall inside Saatchi & Saatchi Charlotte Street while I was there in the early '90s. Probably long since painted over/demolished!

Piotr Jakubowski said...

Banksy's work is amazing, particularly his outdoor grafitti work.

My personal favorite, though, is Shephard Fairey and his screenprints. Not only is the style and design so unique, but the meaning behind the messages are deep.