Turf Wars, 2003
34.5cm x 49.5cm

Banksy is a prolific British graffiti artist, political activist and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humour and graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. His artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities all over the world.

His work was born out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. He was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s.

He originally started as a freehand graffiti artist in1992. From the start he used stencils as elements of his freehand pieces but by 2000 he had turned entirely to the art of stencilling. His stencils feature striking and humorous images occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti- establishment.

Banksy is one of the most notorious and mysterious artist of our time. In less than a decade he has transcended his graffiti roots to become one of the most important artist’s of our generation.