Banksy artwork taken in north London withdrawn from sale


Since Banksy has been making headlines recently with the shocking revelation that the Banksy mural, depicting a boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting, disappeared from Whymark Avenue earlier this month only to be auctioned off in Miami, I thought it appropriate to write about him, paying tribute to some of his amazing artwork.

Slave Labour was controversially ripped from the wall of a north London shop and was due to be auctioned thousands of miles away in Miami but thankfully it has now been withdrawn from sale at the auction.

The English  graffiti artist, born in Bristol, has many strings to his bow being a  political activist, film director, and painter. His work has appeared not only on the streets of England but in cities from Vienna to San Francisco, Barcelona to Paris and Detroit. His most famous artworks depict a stencil style graffiti in which is now commonly identified with the artist. With time he has moved from graffiti on gritty urban walls to paint on canvas, conceptual sculpture and even film, with the guileful documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, which was nominated for an Academy Award.


Today the famous English graffit artist’s work commands hundreds of thousands of dollars in the auction houses in Britain and America. He conceals his identity by hiding behind a paper bag, or, more commonly, e-mail in order to evade criminal proceedings and allowing his artwork to speak at higher volumes. He is now considered one of the most iconic people in the World along side Barack Obama with is his anti-establishment art.


While he like his own anonymity, he  often advocates a direct connection between an artist and his constituency. “There’s a whole new audience out there, and it’s never been easier to sell [one’s art],” Banksy has maintained. “You don’t have to go to college, drag ’round a portfolio, mail off transparencies to snooty galleries or sleep with someone powerful, all you need now is a few ideas and a broadband connection. This is the first time the essentially bourgeois world of art has belonged to the people. We need to make it count.” This to me relights my passion for art and exhibiting it. It inspires me to continue to promote my artwork and those of other artists.

















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  10 Replies to “Banksy”

  1. March 2, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Crear Job, I love Banksy come to Mexico please!

  2. Klark M
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    So much corruption in this world! I wish they got arrested in Miami..Thanks for the post!

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