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Discovering Banksy – Part 5

February 5, 2021
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Banksy’s street art first appeared in Bristol in the 1990’s. From the underground art scene of Bristol he expanded his work and is continually sharing his artistic mark all over the world. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique.

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This particular style is usually recognised easily by people as his trademark. Most of Banksy’s pieces nowadays can be described as bold and striking with the abundance of blacks (and spot colours on occasion). His vibrant murals when he was just a starting freehand graffiti artist are lesser known to the public.

For this day’s article, here’s a selection of Banksy’s earliest works with most works created before he started using stencils.

“Slick” a freehand piece in Bristol, England, 1999

Back in 1999, Banksy was a friend of the then owner of this property who let the artist hand paint his Slick on Brick artwork, depicting a monkey plunging a detonator to blow the door off a safe, on the outside wall of his garage/workshop.

The mural was then covered over in magnolia paint by a disapproving neighbour a year after. Banksy’s work now hidden in layers of paint have been estimated to amount around £400,000 if it is restored in a way that some of his previous works have been, said art experts.

“Slammin'” in Southmead, Bristol, England, 1999

“Crude Oil Jerry” stencil of a cartoon mouse character Jerry on an oil painting, United Kingdom, 2003

“Bird and Grenade” oil and spray enamel on found canvas in London, 2002

“Quakattack” In Bristol, England, in the late 90’s

Print in Leicester, England, mid-90’s

Banksys’ old elephant graffiti with the words “What part of thermo-nuclear war don’t you understand”

“Vote Less” in Brighton, UK, 2006

Early cartoon of Banksy’s “Elephant with Bomb”

“Dog Circle” an early painting

Mural in Carlton Arms Hotel in New York City, 1999

Banksy once stayed and painted at Carlton Arms, a Manhattan hotel that has been a haven for artists seeking lodging. 

Banners by Banksy in Carlton Arms Hotel, New York City, late 90s

Mural in Easton, Bristol, England, late 90s

Work in Bristol, England, late 90s

A freehand piece in Bristol, England, 1999

Mural in Bristol, England, 1997



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