The organisers of a spoof British art competition claim they have caught the guerrilla artist Banksy trying to out-spoof them.
The judges of the annual Turnip Prize were far from impressed by a professional-looking entry they suspect came from the secretive Bristol graffiti artist. Under the strict entry criteria for the pastiche competition the artists must have spent as little time on their work as possible.
Suspicion has mounted about the identity of the artist since the artwork was dumped outside the New Inn pub in Somerset. The pub has been running its own annual art prize as an antidote to the “pretentious” Turner Prize since 1999.
The anonymous entry bears all the sardonic hallmarks of Banksy, the anonymous street artist whose work now sells to wealthy collectors for hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The painting shows a stencilled Mona Lisa firing a turnip from a bazooka. The rocket-launched vegetable is shown flying over a seaside pier below the word â€˜Bankseaâ€™.
Read More: Banksy ‘caught red-handed’ in art prank
You know. If you dig enough around the net you can find him. Not that hard at all. Or maybe I’m just good at tracking info down on the net. Either way here’s the story.
Hip British graffiti artist Bansky, whose true identity has long remained a mystery, was thrust into the spotlight Wednesday after the publication of a snatched picture allegedly of him at work.
A man believed to be Banksy, whose works sell for tens of thousands of pounds around the world, was caught on camera working on a new picture in an east London street, according to The Times.
His latest work depicts a huge sunflower, formed by diverting the double yellow parking lines from a street gutter across a pavement up onto the side of a house, flanked by a picture of a paint-roller wielding artist.
But the artist himself was believed to have been caught at work for the first time, by a passerby who took a picture on his mobile phone camera, the daily said.
“We never confirm or deny whether any image shows Banksy,” a spokesman for the artist told The Times, which printed the photo of a black-haired man in jeans a camouflage jacket, with a pollution-protecting mask on his head.
Read More: Wall of secrecy: elusive graffiti artist uncovered?
SABER (Saber One; MSK – AWR – The Seventh Letter) has released his new book titled “SABER – Mad Society”. I just received a copy straight from the origin SaberOne.com, signed, sealed, and delivered. If you’re interested in Saber as an artist, graffiti mogul, or simply as a person his book delivers on all fronts!
168 pages, softcover- Los Angeles based graffiti legend SABER, is world renowned for his â€œLos Angeles Riverâ€ piece (1997), the largest in the world. His piece on the sloping bank of the Los Angeles River is nearly the size of a football field, and can be read clear as day from a satellite photo. In a famous photographâ€”taken by his father just after it was completedâ€”SABER stands on the piece and appears as a tiny speck amid a giant blaze of color. In the years since, SABERâ€™s legend has only grown as his art has evolved, and his presence on the streets remains undiminished. This engrossing monograph is not only a picture-book, but features amazing stories about childhood, life and death, fine art and graffiti misadventures proving that SABER is a multi-dimensional artist with an amazing story to tell. SABER continues to push himself as an artist creating groundbreaking metal and wood sculptures, painstakingly rendered hyper-realistic canvases, and works in many other media. â€œGraffiti is about style, placement and proliferationâ€¦. SABER is one of the few people who is a master in all areas.â€ â€“ Shepard Fairey.
With permission from Moscow authorities some residents in the city are giving their homes a brand new look with the help of foreign designers and this way the cityâ€™s old Soviet-era buildings turn into works of art.
Much of Moscow was built in Soviet times, and back then attention was given to practicality rather than form and layout.
Though warm and functional, these buildings aren’t always pleasing to the eye of the capital’s visitors and residents.
Daniel is a 27 year old street painter from the Netherlands. He has traveled to Moscow with his friends to help give it a new look. With a spray can in his hand, he makes a brick wall in to a work of art.
Read More: Graffiti arists have a field day in Moscow
Artists, News, Russia
Banksy, an anonymous graffiti artist who graduated from the U.K. streets to the auction rooms, will be represented in the London October sales with at least eight works at Sotheby’s.
Banksy’s “David,” a 2006 fiberglass tribute to Michelangelo’s 500-year-old statue in Florence, has a top estimate of 150,000 pounds ($299,655) for Sotheby’s contemporary art auction on Oct. 12, according to preliminary catalog information.
“Gangster Rat” from 2004, an acrylic and spray paint stencil on canvas, has a top estimate of 12,000 pounds for an Oct. 15-day sale.
Banksy spray-paints works of political satire in the London streets and has attracted collectors including artist Damien Hirst. Banksy’s record of 288,000 pounds was set for a design commissioned by the pop band Blur, at a Bonhams London auction in April, more than doubling the artist’s previous peak price.
Read More: Banksy’s `David,’ `Gangster Rat’ to Go on Sale at Sotheby’s
So, Ket’s in some trouble and needs some serious help. Check out his montage:
It seems that yet another Banksy masterpiece has been carelessly buffed. This time the price tag is much higher: Â£300,000!!
Workmen in London have painted over a 300,000 pound piece by world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy, reports said on Friday.
Although Banksy’s canvases are snapped up by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie for thousands of pounds, his stencilled graffiti creations can be found on walls and billboards around the capital.
Now one of these, a picture of John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson’s characters from the 1994 film “Pulp Fiction” holding bananas instead of guns, has been painted over by a graffiti removal team, the Daily Telegraph said.
Above: One of the copies produced of the famous Pulp Fiction piece by Banksy.
Read More: London workmen paint over graffiti by top artist
Well, not quite. At least not yet. Be expecting SABER’s artwork to appear on your cell phones soon though. I would bet on him producing wallpapers, icons, and other various artistically inspired content for the phones, but we will have to wait and see.
Here’s a news article I’m sure you’ll love.
IRVINE, Calif.–Boost MobileÂ® today announced an exclusive mobile art content collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist SABER, also known for painting the worldâ€™s largest street art piece, enabling Boostâ€™s youth wireless customers an opportunity to own a piece of iconic artwork from the renowned artist on their Boost Mobile phone.
â€œSABERâ€™s work is original, distinctive and groundbreaking,â€ said Jeff Park, director of business development, Boost Mobile. â€œHis artwork sets the standard for the emerging street art scene and Boost Mobile is fortunate to align with such a legendary icon to collaborate and share his amazing work exclusively with our customers.â€
Boost Mobileâ€™s support of a creative lifestyle, culture and attitude is represented by this exclusive deal as an extension of the brandâ€™s commitment to enhancing the youth wireless experience. Boost also plans to collaborate with the artist to design limited edition products that are relevant to mobile communication and pop culture.
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Just caught this one fresh from the wire.
An investigation was launched today after a Â£100,000 mural by graffiti artist Banksy was painted over by bungling council workers.
The 25ft painting, sprayed on the side of a row of garages in Bristol, was mistaken as vandalism by a graffiti removal team who covered the wall with thick black paint.
Locals are furious that the 10-year-old artwork, which is believed to be one of Banksy’s earliest free-painted murals, has been lost.
Bristol City Council, which has ordered all Banksy work to be preserved, has launched an investigation.
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Banksy, News, U.K.