Day 344- Banksy- The Banksy Effect

It’s Day 344 and I’m thrilled to do a tribute to today’s artist.  Please join me in honoring Banksy today!

Banksy- from Exit Through the Gift Shop

Banksy- from Exit Through the Gift Shop

Banksy

Banksy

Banksy is a pseudonymous English graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.

His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique.

Banksy

Banksy

His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians.  Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris. Banksy says that he was inspired by “3D”, a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of Massive Attack.

Banksy- Olympic Rings

Banksy- Olympic Rings

Above is from wikipedia.  The whole page was insanely long.

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, in Bristol’s graffiti gang DryBreadZ Crew. Although his early work was

Banksy

Banksy

largely freehand, Banksy used stencils on occasion. In the late ’90s, he began using stencils predominantly. His work became more widely recognized around Bristol and in London, as his signature style developed.

Banksy

Banksy

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. Common subjects include rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family, and children.

In addition to his two-dimensional work, Banksy is known for his installation artwork. One of the most celebrated of these pieces, which featured a live elephant painted with a Victorian wallpaper pattern, sparked controversy among animal rights activists.

Other pieces have drawn attention for their edgy themes or the boldness of their execution. Banksy’s work on

Banksy

Banksy

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. An example of this is Banksy’s version of Monet’s famous series of water lilies paintings, adapted by Banksy to include drifting trash and debris.

Banksy’s worldwide fame has transformed his artwork from acts of vandalism to sought-after high art pieces. Journalist Max Foster has referred to the rising prices of graffiti as street art as “the Banksy effect.” Interest in Banksy escalated with the release of the 2010 documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award.

Banksy

Banksy

In October 2013, Banksy took to the streets of New York City. There he pledged to create a new piece of art for each day of his residency. As he explained to the Village Voice, “The plan is to live here, react to things, see the sights—and paint on them. Some of it will be pretty elaborate, and some will just be a scrawl on a toilet wall.” During that month, he also sold some of his works on the street for $60 a piece, well below the market value for his art.

Banksy’s identity remains unknown, despite intense speculation. The two names most often suggested are Robert Banks and Robin

Banksy

Banksy

Gunningham. Pictures that surfaced of a man who was supposedly Banksy pointed toward Gunningham, an artist who was born in Bristol in 1973. Gunningham moved to London around 2000, a timeline that correlates with the progression of Banksy’s artwork.

Above is from biography.com.

I hope you enjoy my tribute piece today.  Of course I would’ve loved to do my tribute on a wall today…but alas, my canvas will have to do. 🙂  I will see you tomorrow on Day 345!  Only 20 to go.

Best,

Linda

Make Art- Tribute to Banksy Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Make Art- Tribute to Banksy
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

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Day Eighty-One- Buff Monster- Pretty in Pink

It’s Day 81 and I was stumped on who I wanted to pay tribute to today.  I wanted to do something fun so my friend Karli told me I should do Buff Monster!  I went and looked him up and freaked out.  Join me in celebrating Buff Monster today!

buff_monster_portrait

Buff Monster

Buff Monster

Buff Monster became known as a street artist in Los Angeles whose work has

Buff Monster

Buff Monster

been visited by juxtapoz, among others. On 19 September 2012 he took part in a street art panel discussion for Doyle New York. He is featured in the Banksy movie Exit Through the Gift Shop. He is influenced by Japanese culture and his work usually combines the color pink with some form of ice cream.

His painting Happy Pink Explosion is in the collection of Bristol Museum and

Buff Monster

Buff Monster

Art Gallery.

Buff Monster

Buff Monster

Buff Monster currently lives in Brooklyn.

This biography is from wikipedia.

The one below is from his website!

Buff Monster made a name for himself by putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles, and other far-away places. His work is characterized by happy characters living in brightly-colored bubbly landscapes.

Buff Monster

Buff Monster

Along with meticulously executed paintings, he has created a wide range of merchandise ranging from prints and stickers, to vinyl toys and plush. In 2012 he created an ambitious homage to Garbage Pail Kids called The Melty Misfits; a collection of vintage-style trading cards, complete with wax wrapper.

The color pink, a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in

Buff Monster

Buff Monster

everything he creates. And he often cites heavy metal music, ice cream and Japanese Culture as major influences. His work has been shown in galleries worldwide, often accompanied by large installations.

Buff Monster

Buff Monster

In 2010, the Bristol City Museum acquired a painting of his for their permanent collection. His art has been published in a variety of magazines, websites, newspapers and books, including Juxtapoz, Paper, Nylon, Cool Hunting, Angeleno, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, The New York Times, and many more. He was also featured in Banksy’s movie: Exit Through the Gift Shop. In 2012, after 15 years living and working in Hollywood, he moved to New York City.

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I really wanted to be careful and not completely copy one of his pieces…which was tempting.  So I decided to do a sketch of my own

I decided to paint a ghosty dude. :)

I decided to paint a ghosty dude. 🙂

and then paint it in his style.  I had to borrow a bunch of pinks from Karli’s paint stash.  The neon pink really started hurting my eyes when I was painting, but it’s just so darn cool.  I also dug out a wood panel to paint on so it’s not on the usual 10 x 10 canvas, but on a 8 x 10.

I hope you enjoy my tribute to Buff Monster.  What a cool dude!  I also hope I captured his spirit…I think I would’ve done a bit better if I had more time.  I felt a little rushed and was also doing some house chores (also fun!).

I will see you tomorrow on day 82…I can’t wait to break a hundred!  I should have some sort of celebration on day 100. 🙂  Best, Linda

Ghost Dude- Tribute to Buff Monster Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Wood Panel

Ghost Dude- Tribute to Buff Monster
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Side-View Ghost Dude- Tribute to Buff Monster Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Wood Panel

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Ghost Dude- Tribute to Buff Monster
Linda Cleary 2014
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Close-Up 1 Ghost Dude- Tribute to Buff Monster Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Wood Panel

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Ghost Dude- Tribute to Buff Monster
Linda Cleary 2014
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Close-Up 2 Ghost Dude- Tribute to Buff Monster Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Wood Panel

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Ghost Dude- Tribute to Buff Monster
Linda Cleary 2014
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Close-Up 3 Ghost Dude- Tribute to Buff Monster Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Wood Panel

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Ghost Dude- Tribute to Buff Monster
Linda Cleary 2014
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Close-Up 4 Ghost Dude- Tribute to Buff Monster Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Wood Panel

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Ghost Dude- Tribute to Buff Monster
Linda Cleary 2014
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