Everyone knows his art, but nobody has ever seen the anonymous artist known as Banksy. What we do know is he is most mysterious and most famous graffiti artist on Earth. He was born and raised in Bristol, London, however, you can find his art work all over the world. Banksy started his career as a graffiti artist in 1980 and since then he has brought us some the most famous, expensive, high demanding, street art masterpieces known to man. Here is a list of the Banksy’s Top 10 most popular Art work.
10. Banksy Kissing Coppers, 2004 – Brighton
Kissing Coppers is a Banksy signature piece that displays two British policemen passionately kissing. It was originally revealed in 2004 on the wall of Prince Albert Pub in Brighton. It gained special attention due to Banksy’s reputation as a provocative street artist and political activist.Banksy Kissing Coppers, 2004 – Brighton
9. Banksy Mild Mild West, 2010 – Bristol
Banksy street piece entitled Mild Mild West on a brick wall downtown on Sep 26, 2010 in Bristol, UK. The piece presents a life size, happy teddy bear with a Molotov cocktail in one paw, aiming at 3 police officers and holding a riot shields in the other paw. Banksy is famous for its political graffiti art.
8. Banksy Well Hung Lover, 2006 – Bristol
One of Banksy’s most memorable pieces, ‘Well Hung Lover’ was first recognized in 2006 in Bristol. The legs belonging to the nude man in Banksy’s artwork, seen hanging from a window ledge while another man looks out of the window. The piece depicts adultery. There is also an unidentifiable word that has been painted next to the man and the words ‘F*** Banksy’ has been sprayed a few feet lower, alongside numerous graffiti tags.
7. Banksy Flower Thrower, 2003 – Jerusalem
This famous Banksy art work first hit the streets in 2005 in Jerusalem. Banksy’s is known for his political or social message in his art pieces. This particular piece calls for peace over war. Rumour has it that Banksy was inspired by Judyth Hill’s poem, “Wage Peace”: “Wage peace with your breath…Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.” The art work was a response to the endless violence and injustice in the Middle East.
6. Banksy Port Talbot Mural, 2017 – South Wales
Just days before Christmas, the street art was appearing in the news across the world from UK to Japan after art by the world’s famous Banksy appeared on a garage wall in Port Talbot. The art work displays a child with open arms playing in what seems to be snow, but the other side of the wall reveals it is ash from a garbage dump on fire showing the reality of a polluted earth.
5. Banksy Sweeping It Under The Rug, 2006 – London
Possibly one of the most famous of Banksy’s art pieces, ‘Sweeping it Under the Rug’ appeared on a wall on North London in 2006. It displays a woman dressed as a maid who is sweeping dirt under a concrete wall. The piece is said to represent the lack of attention to the numerous epidemics in the western in particular with global issues such as the AIDS, industrial prison complex, as well as, creating an industrial war complex, amongst others. Just ‘Sweep it Under the Rug.
4. Banksy Police Searching Dorthy, 2010 – London
Banksy’s Stop and Search art piece represents the present policy in the US and UK that allows for the police to stop and search you if an officer has reasonable grounds to search you if they believe that you have been involved in a crime, or think that you are in possession of a prohibited item. The piece displays a childhood film icon, Dorthy, from the Wizard of Oz, holding a basket with her dog Toto, while and an officer searches her picnic basket.
3. Banksy Peaceful Hearts Doctor, 2010 – San Francisco
Banksy made an unexpected visit to San Francisco in 2010, leaving his calling card in an unusual art piece later named ‘Peaceful Hearts’. The art work was displayed on a famous wall in Chinatown that appears to be showing a doctor, a stethoscope checking a heart, and a peace sign.
2. Banksy If Graffiti Changed Anything It Would Be Illegal, 2011 – London
The artwork appeared on a wall in Fitzrovia, London on Easter Monday 2011. It display’s a rat standing under a phrase that states “If graffiti changed anything, it would be illegal” , written in red graffiti. This sentence is a quote by Emma Goldman who protested for Women’s rights: “If voting ever changed anything, it would be illegal”.
1. Banksy Balloon Girl, 2004 – London
The work represents a young girl, whose hair and dress are flowing in the wind, releasing a heart-shaped red balloon that has slipped from her hand. The action and the heart balloon depicts a symbol of youth and freedom. They present a strong message that delivered in several ways. One may see a picture of a girl losing her balloon, another may see her trying to catch it. The meaning can be interpreted as a loss of childhood or the arrival of new love and goodwill.