Banksy art has been shrouded in mystery since first appearing on the streets of Bristol in the early 90s. The name (or pseudonym) of the famously unidentified artist has become synonymous with graffiti culture, modern art installations and record-breaking sales figures.
We are honoured to represent Banksy art within our London galleries, and invite visitors to enjoy the works up close and ask our art consultants about the pieces on display.
While you can find Banksy art on streets, walls, and bridges of cities all around the world, little is known about the artist, who simply allows the work to speak for itself. These subversive and satirical artworks often use dark humour to provide social and political commentary, and regularly feature anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment slogans.
Over the years, Banksy has also undoubtedly had a huge influence on public perceptions of graffiti and the artistic use of public spaces, changing the way that many people view street art altogether. As the artist’s fame continues to grow, Banksy’s street art has become a tourist attraction in the artist’s supposed hometown of Bristol.
Many artworks have also been moved from the street into the investment market, and Banksy art that appears at auction often surpasses all high estimates. His work Girl with Balloon, originally stencilled on the side of a London bridge in 2002, was recently named as the nation’s best-loved work of art and even features as a tattoo on pop star Justin Bieber.
Banksy’s street art incorporates freehand painting, stencilling and spray painting. However, in more recent years he has expanded his vision to incorporate museum takeovers, large-scale installations and even a hotel launch.
Banksy collaborated with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in 2009, and most recently in 2017 he created a hotel in the West Bank, Palestine. His most ambitious project, however, may have been his 2015 transformation of Weston-super-Mare’s derelict Tropicana lido into Dismaland, a ‘bemusement park.’
The continued evolution of Banksy art is fascinating to watch, and adds to an already impressive collection of contemporary investment assets.
Celebrity fans invest in Banksy
Banksy is now an established artist, and his works represent incredible investment assets. As a result of his soaring popularity, many individuals wish to invest in Banksy, although few can afford the record-breaking auction prices that his most famous works achieve.
Celebrities who have chosen to buy Banksy works include Damien Hirst, Kate Moss, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christina Aguilera, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Drake, to name a few.
However, thanks to Banksy, street art is becoming more widely accepted as a form of contemporary art. As a result, those looking to invest in art can also find a selection of emerging artists who share the same anti-establishment mentality and creative vision.
Banksy’s works often inspire other artists, creating what is called the ‘Banksy Effect.’ Street artists known to count him amongst their inspirations include several fellow Maddox Gallery artists, including Irish Finn Stone, New Yorker Layer Cake and French-born Mr Brainwash.
Why buy Banksy with Maddox Gallery
The artist’s work is known for achieving huge amounts when sold. We personally know of two large pieces which were put on the market with an asking price of around £1 million.
Unsurprisingly, much of Banksy’s street art has been moved from its original location and sold, despite some legal disputes and mixed public opinion. Due to a rising number of copycats, the artist even has a group of agents named Pest Control tasked with verifying authentic Banksy artworks.
Here at Maddox Gallery, we take pride in offering customers a safe and reliable service. As part of this, we ensure all investors are issued with an individual, signed Certificate of Authenticity for any piece of art supplied by us at the time of purchase.
If you are looking to buy Banksy art as an investment or simply to enjoy in the home, please get in touch with Maddox Gallery. Our expert Sotheby’s-trained art consultants would be happy to talk with you further regarding our available works.
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