Banksy is a truly inspiring urban artist, whose work is famous the world over, not least as many of his defining paintings are publicly displayed on the walls he used as his original canvas. There are countless millions of items of merchandise across the globe which feature his most iconic images, including Pulp Fiction, Laugh Now, Girl with Balloon, Soup Can, Flower Thrower, Monkey Queen and Flag Wall. His indoor pieces are less likely to be known. These highly original works on canvas, wood and paper are held in private collections or public galleries.
No mention of Banksy would be complete without reference to the headline-making event that took place at Sotheby’s in 2018. Before the eyes of stunned staff, devotees and potential buyers, a Banksy painting (which sold minutes earlier for £1 million) was shredded by its own frame.
The artist’s official authentication panel – Pest Control – verified that this was the original artwork called Girl with Balloon. It also confirmed that its new title, now incorporating the frame, is Love is in the Bin.
Despite all this notoriety and global interest, Banksy has kept his identity a complete secret. He produces his unique wall murals and social comment pieces shrouded by myths and his own covert operations. He is quoted as saying: “If you want to say something and have people listen, then you have to wear a mask.”
Banksy is not represented by a commercial gallery, nor does he use social media. All part of his unrivalled personae as a true urban artist and nonpartisan historic commentator. Exhibitions of his work are generally arranged by third parties, without his endorsement or consent.
If this artist is of interest to you, then we recommend you visit his website as a way of partially keeping track of his allusive and fascinating work. Or you could read up on him on Wikipedia
If you are fortunate enough to own an authenticated piece, it’s highly likely you would be very reluctant to sell it, which is why raising a loan on your Banksy art or painting may be a far more attractive option.