Banksy’s balloon girl chosen as the UK’s favourite artwork

Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ has floated to the top of a list of the UK’s favourite artworks.

Samsung polled some 2,000 Britons who were asked to select their most beloved artwork from a shortlist of 20 chosen by arts writers and editors. Banksy’s little girl holding a red, heart-shaped balloon fought off J.M.W. Turner’s ‘The Fighting Temeraire’ (1839) and John Constable’s ‘The Hay Wain’ (1821) for the coveted top spot. Continue reading

Banksy “print-for-vote” offer taken off the table

Graffiti artist Banksy has revoked his “UK Election Souvenir Special” print offer after it prompted a police investigation and triggered a public warning against electoral fraud.

In an update to our recent coverage of the “complimentary gift”, which the street artist offered to mail to voters in six Bristol constituencies if they voted against the Conservative party in the UK general election, a “Product Recall” message has appeared on the Banksy website. The message states that the artist has “been warned by the Electoral Commission that the free print offer will invalidate the election result”. Continue reading

Election artwork could leave Banksy on the wrong side of the law

Street artist and provocateur Banksy has landed in hot water over his latest project, which has been timed to coincide with the UK general election.

Posting on his website, the artist is offering to send a “complimentary gift” in the form of an “exclusive new Banksy print” to voters in six Bristol constituencies who send in a photograph of their ballot papers from the 8 June election showing they voted against the Conservative candidate. Continue reading

Brexit Banksy shows EU all cracked up

Street art depicting a workman chiselling away at the European Union flag has been confirmed as the work of enigmatic graffiti artist Banksy.

The three-story mural appeared on Sunday morning (7 May) on a building beside the A20 near Dover’s ferry terminal. It depicts a monochromatic worker atop a ladder, which leans against an enormous EU flag. As he hammers away at one of the flag’s 12 stars hairline cracks begin to appear across the flag’s surface. Continue reading

Removal of ‘Love Plane’ by Banksy sparks tension in Liverpool

Tensions flared in Liverpool after a group known for removing, exhibiting and selling Banksy artworks cut out one of the enigmatic artist’s murals from a wall in Liverpool’s city centre on Saturday (17 September).

‘Love Plane’ features a black and white biplane leaving a white heart-shaped trail of smoke behind it. It first appeared on the wall of an outdoor car park in Rumford Place in 2011 but has sustained significant damage ever since. With the building on which the mural appeared due for redevelopment, The Sincura Group stepped in to remove  it. On its website, the group alerted the residents of Liverpool to to its plans to restore the work and exhibit it at the UK’s first street art museum, the Gallery at Berry House Baltic Triangle, due to open in late 2017 or early 2018. “With so many Banksy artworks disappearing from public view this will ensure your city preserves its street art heritage and showcases future talent,” the statement reads. Continue reading