Origin of the Bill : ENGLAND
Size of the artwork : 14,3x7,4 cm
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BANKSY, a street artist whose identity remains unknown, is believed to have been born in Bristol, England, around 1974. He rose to prominence for his provocative stenciled pieces in the late 1990s. Banksy is the subject of a 2010 documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, which examines the relationship between commercial and street art.
Banksy began his career as a graffiti artist in the early 1990s. Although his early work was largely freehand, Banksy used stencils on occasion. In the late ’90s, he began using stencils predominantly.
Banksy’s artwork is characterized by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work often engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. In addition to his two-dimensional work, Banksy is known for his installation artwork. Banksy’s work on the West Bank barrier, between Israel and Palestine, received significant media attention in 2005. He is also known for his use of copyrighted material and subversion of classic images.