Don’t Call It Graffiti: The Guerilla Art of Banksy

Anyone who has seen the film Exit Through The Gift Shop is familiar with the art and legend of the British graffiti artist, film director, social activist and painter called Banksy. Deftly blending social and political commentary in a distinctive stenciling style featuring striking and humorous images, his work can be found on the walls, bridges and street surfaces of cities around the world. While the message of his art is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment, his work also serves as his own personal flip-off to governments who label graffiti as vandalism.

Banksy himself is an enigmatic figure, and part of his brilliance has been his ability to create a constant buzz about himself while rarely being seen. Working under the cover of darkness in a guerilla style with select trusted assistants, few have seen his face, or know his true identity. Despite his shadowy figure, through his outspoken viewpoints, celebrity status and sold out exhibitions, he has become one of the most influential artists of the 21st century. In 2010, Exit Through The Gift Shop, which he directed, was nominated for a Best Documentary Academy Award.

If you have not seen Exit Through The Gift Shop I suggest you put it at the top of your list. It’s an absorbing and enlightening doco that deftly examines the nature of art and creativity. Until then, enjoy the work of the amazing Bansky!

About Stephen Kelly Creative

Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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28 Responses to Don’t Call It Graffiti: The Guerilla Art of Banksy

  1. nonoymanga says:

    Superb post!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga

  2. Fab photos! There is some brilliant artistic skill on display in these graffiti pictures!

  3. fgassette says:

    Just love your photos. They all tell a different story. A picture that says a thousand words.


  4. Angeline M says:

    Thanks for the reminder. It’s been on our Netflix que for some time now. I’ve bumped it up top. I’ve heard a lot about the film.

  5. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Thanks for this post. We saw the documentary last year and became fans of Banksy.

    These are nice examples of his art.

  6. drewpan says:

    Banksy’s work is amazing. Some funny stuff, some amazing imagery… it’s all good! You think it’s just the one person though? Or a secret order of Banksys?

  7. andylmoore says:

    Love his stuff

  8. Madhu says:

    Sensational stuff! Wonder whether I will find that doco here. Thanks for sharing Stephen.

    • Hi Madhu … it’s a fairly popular film, so I’m guessing it’s wide release in video stores everywhere. I sure hope you get a chance to check it out. I think you’ll really like it. It’s more than a documentary of one man (or, in this case, two) but a real solid exploration into the nature of creativity and art.

  9. oficcionista says:

    Excelente post! Obrigado pelas imagens!

  10. baygamebmx says:

    Reblogged this on baygamebmx and commented:
    I dig Banksy work if i could i would crate vandalism.

  11. I dont like this post, i LOVE it! As someone obsessed with street art, I’m constantly on the hunt for those bad boys! I rarely come across Banksy pieces so I’m loving your collection here!

  12. Thanks for the intro to Banksy (yes, the intro. I usually have my head in a book, and except for running chores, my consciousness doesn’t get out much). I only wish the run-of-the-mill graffiti artists around this city could be inspired by him (are we sure he’s a “he”?).

    • Hi Victoria … and thanks for stopping by! Glad your consciousness liked the work of Banksy, and welcome to the club!
      Agreed, he transcends graffiti into something entirely different.
      Yep, he’s a he … he’s interviewed quite extensively in the film, but he’s wearing a big hoodie and his face is in shadows.

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