It is a fact that artwork by Banksy often gets damaged, removed, or destroyed. It happens so often that there is a separate page on Wikipedia, dedicated to listing all of those times. Banksy is a free artist, and this is why his works sometimes appear in places you do not expect them to see. One can imagine how thrilling it would be to find a piece by one of the most popular artists in the world, let alone spot it on the wall of the house you live in. Turns out, not everyone likes to be at the center of attention. A couple of landlords living in the UK paid a large sum to get rid of a Banksy mural that recently appeared on the wall of their home in Suffolk.
The reality of street art is that while being one of the most powerful forms of self-expression, it is also one of the least protected ones. It appears that this fate cannot be avoided even by famous and universally loved artists. Banksy is arguably the ruling king of street art, but his work often gets mistreated by construction companies and ignorant people. The latest example of such carelessness is the demolition of Banksy’s street art painting in the English city of Herne Bay in Kent.
In 2022, following the horrific events of the war, Banksy returned to the streets with seven new thought-provoking pieces. Artworks by the legendary artist appeared in Ukrainian cities heavily damaged from the Russian military attacks. This act of support was received warmly by many Ukrainian people who expressed their gratitude under Banksy’s Instagram post. However, it appears that not all of his works would stay in place for a long time — recently, a leader of an organized group attempted to steal a Banksy mural in one of the Ukrainian towns. Find out who that mysterious art criminal is and what his true intentions were.
There is no need for introductions when it comes to Banksy, the avowed king of street art. It seems that the elusive artist has once again decided to grace the streets with his artwork. This month, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Banksy created his new piece to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence. The new stencil Banksy art can be seen in Margate, Kent. It is the first artwork the artist has made in the United Kingdom in a long time.
Anti-establishment at its very core, street art is one of the most attention-drawing ways an artist can express their opinion and highlight the most pressing societal issues. While murals and wall paintings have existed for hundreds of years, street art, as we know it today, has gained new meanings recently, often serving as a tool of protest and contraction. Street art comes in all shapes, sizes, and techniques: some artworks are large enough to cover the entire building’s wall, while others are deliberately hidden from the eyes of commoners and are simple in execution but evocative in meaning. One of the most prominent forms of street art is stencil art.