A rat is probably the most symbolic animal in Banksy street art. While you can also notice a monkey being used as an elaborate allegory, rats have been featured in his art since the very first day of his career. What is their place in his murals, and how should people understand the symbolism under Banksy rat art? Here are some ways to explain the abundance of rats in his artworks. Continue reading “Here, There, and Nowhere: Banksy Rat Art Explained”
On February 24, Russian Federation invaded Ukraine and started a full-scale war in Europe. Thousands of lives have already perished. While Ukrainians are bravely defending their freedom against occupants, the world is watching the massacre and trying to help the situation. Many artists have already supported Ukraine and donated their revenue to help people who suffered from the conflict. And what about Banksy? There were no news about the artist lately. Recently, however, it has become known that one anonymous donor put Banksy original art for sale to raise money for Kyiv hospital and refugees.
Over the years, Banksy has created the image of a righteous warrior destined to fight evil in people’s minds. The immigration problem is one more war that the international street artist wages. If you were attentive enough for all this time, you would have noticed how much attention he devoted to the depiction of such a bleeding issue. Banksy love for immigrants is obvious, but what can his art tell people about the nature of ostracism and xenophobia? At the end of the day, what can it tell about Banksy himself?
As time goes by, many people start forgetting about masterpieces that once made history. Among such influential artworks, Banksy’s “Show Me the Monet” and “Crude Oils” series hold a special place. Given the monstrous problem of consumerism in the art market and the world overall, Banksy paintings are now as relevant as never before. Let’s jump in the past and revive the memory of the amazing artworks.
Banksy criticizes wars, but when the war becomes a new reality, it is a tragedy that even the most talented artist cannot reproduce through their art. Hard as it may be to believe, the street artist now has a new subject for his anti-war art — war in Ukraine. Hard as it may sound, it is a real subject for a Banksy new painting.