The English Street Artist Banksy

979 Words Mar 18th, 2015 4 Pages
The English street artist Banksy has produced various works of art, in a revolutionary style. Street art is visual and it is produced in public areas on buildings, bridges , concrete , and many other places. This form of art is usually done illegally, which adds to the immense controversy it already possesses, due to its subject matter. With that being said, it speaks volumes about artists such as Banksy, who risk criminal charges of vandalism, in order to empower others through his art. One of his popular pieces, “Looters”, historically commemorated the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, boldly criticizing government, media, racism and other significant issues. In 2005, the city became a war zone and many were left with questions; the image poetically raised awareness to aspects of post-Katrina recovery that are still being discussed till this day. For the short time it existed as an untampered image on Elysian Fields Avenue, it managed to create a lasting impression that will exist decades after its removal.
Due to Banksy 's pictorial and satirical messages which blend themes of Capitalism, politics, greed, and hypocrisy, an unknown identity is a great thing to have. In the early 1990s, Banksy began his distinguished career; the fact that his identity has been successfully hidden for two decades incorporates mystery into the art. He is undoubtedly the most controversial street artist to emerge on the global stage, Banksy 's work has been rumored to…
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