An Insight Into the World of Street Art
For years, the identity of the world-renowned street artist Banksy has been shrouded in mystery, sparking countless documentaries and investigations. However, a BBC Radio 4’s special, “The Banksy Story,” sheds light on this enigma. The program features a rare in-person interview from 2003, offering insights into Banksy’s world and, surprisingly, his real name.
A Glimpse into Banksy’s Artistic World
The interview delves into Banksy’s “Turf War” exhibition, a hallmark of his anti-establishment themes. This 2003 London show was a spectacle of defiance, showcasing graffitied police vehicles and live animals adorned with distinctive police patterns, not to mention the famous Winston Churchill portrait with a twist.
The Name Revelation
In a candid moment, the interviewer, Nigel Wrench, inquires about using Banksy’s real name. The response? “Robbie.” While this opens up possibilities (could he be Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack, or perhaps Robin Gunningham?), it’s a rare peek behind the curtain of the elusive artist.
Banksy on Graffiti and Art
Banksy’s views on graffiti are clear: it’s vandalism if it’s illegal, but that’s part of its charm. He sees the city as a playground for expression, where painting and repainting are part of an ongoing dialogue. His approach to art? Quick and impactful, much like the fleeting nature of street art itself.
Banksy’s Take on the Art Establishment
Banksy remains detached from the traditional art world, expressing disinterest in the ‘Brit Art’ movement and a pointed avoidance of selling to figures like Charles Saatchi. His focus is on art that resonates with the public, rather than seeking approval from the elite.
Banksy’s Art in the Market
Despite his disconnection from the art market, Banksy’s canvases are highly sought after, fetching high prices. His reaction? A mix of surprise and indifference, hinting at a disconnection between the artist’s intentions and the commercial value of his work.