The Street Work of Banksy: British Graffiti Artist

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.

His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

Banksy’s work was born out of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. According to author and graphic designer Tristan Manco and the book Home Sweet Home, Banksy “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.” Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris and members of the anarcho-punk band Crass, which maintained a graffiti stencil campaign on the London Tube System in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is active today.

Known for his contempt for the government in labeling graffiti as vandalism, Banksy displays his art on public surfaces such as walls and even going as far as to build physical prop pieces. Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti directly himself;  however, art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder.  Banksy’s first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as “the world’s first street art disaster movie,” made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  The film was released in the UK on 5 March 2010.  In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film.

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Mathamagical- by Colin Davies

 

I am going to be honest, I haven’t read this yet but I have a friend who knows the author. He says this book deserves some much needed recognition. Do me a favor and check it out.  I have every intention of reading it. It is on my list. 🙂

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Product Description

Why would Pi stop Dye Ameter walking more than three times round the table? And why would Mr Ameter do what Pi told him? Ben Small is good at English but rubbish at Mathematics. Branded a cheat by the headmaster of Cottomwall Grammar School because of the inconsistencies in his test results Ben feels he has no choice but to run away. Due to the storm he beds down for the night in the science lab of his school where, quite by chance, he meets a talking snake called Adder. Hearing Ben’s story Adder asks Ben to come with him to MATHAMAGICAL, the city of Maths to help them solve an English problem and stop a war with the Advancing Alphas. Join Ben and Adder as they journey across the mathematical landscapes in their quest to save the numbers.

This charming yet informative children’s novel can be read to children as young as 5 and read by all ages. Influenced by Alice in Wonderland and the works of Roald Dahl, the story follows a young boy and a talking snake travelling from this world to one filled with imagination. Being the world is populated by numbers and mathematical symbols the rules to which they live teaches Ben, the boy and the reader, about basic mathematics ideas without having to do a single sum.

The perfect bedtime story to be enjoyed by the reader and the listener,

Originally published in limited print by Ivory Moon 2006

Synopsis

Why would Pi stop Dye Ameter walking more than three times round the table? And why would Mr Ameter do what Pi told him?* Ben Small is good at English but rubbish at Mathematics. Branded a cheat by the headmaster of Cottomwall Grammar School because of the inconsistencies in his test results Ben feels he has no choice but to run away. Due to the storm he beds down for the night in the science lab of his school where, quite by chance, he meets a talking snake called Adder. Hearing Ben’s story Adder asks Ben to come with him to MATHAMAGICAL, the city of Maths to help them solve an English problem and stop a war with the Advancing Alphas. Join Ben and Adder as they journey across the mathematical landscapes in their quest to save the numbers.