Top 5 works of art by Banksy

Top 5 works of art by Banksy

February 08, 2022, 3:44 p.m.
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Banksy is arguably the most controversial and popular street artist in the world. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Banksy is the most controversial and popular street artist in the world, and his works have become a subculture.

The identity of the England-based street artist remains unknown, even after more than 30 years of involvement in the global graffiti scene.

His work includes powerful, often controversial imagery related to world events.

Here are five of his projects that reflect the artist’s hugely influential practice.

An oil painting on canvas in 2009, Decentralized Parliament depicts monkeys debating in the House of Commons instead of British politicians.

The work became Banksy’s most expensive to date, selling for $12.2 million at Sotheby’s in London.

The depiction of chimpanzees echoes Banksy’s 2002 work ‘Laugh Now’, which shows monkeys wearing aprons that read ‘Laugh now, but one day we will be in charge’.

Balloon Girl to Love is in the trash

In October 2018, the Balloon Girl was sold at Sotheby’s in London for £1.04 million.

However, soon an alarm sounded inside the picture frame and the canvas passed through a shredder inside the frame, partially shredding the picture.

The bidder at the auction still went ahead with the purchase.

The partially shredded work received a new title, Love is in the trash.

Created by Banksy in Port Talbot, Wales, in December 2018, this double-sided graffiti was quickly given a temporary protective coating to prevent vandalism.

While one side depicts a child happily tasting a fresh snowfall, the other side reveals that the snow is actually smoke and ash from a trash fire.

In May 2019, the mural was moved to a gallery in town.

On February 13, 2020, the mural appeared on the side of a building in Barton Hill in Bristol on Marsh Lane depicting a young girl, possibly Cupid, shooting a slingshot of real red flowers and leaves.

Early on Valentine’s Day (February 14), Banksy confirmed the work on his Instagram account and website.

However, the mural was vandalized within 48 hours of its completion.

First discovered on March 1, 2021 from the side of Reading Prison, the graffiti shows a man dressed in a prisoner’s uniform climbing the side of the building on a knotted rope.

The chain under the man is revealed to be made of paper taken from a typewriter.

Some say the man represents Irish poet Oscar Wilde, who was imprisoned in prison.

Christopher S. Washington