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Featured Artist – Banksy

We felt it necessary to blurb a bit about the illusive Banksy’s Barely Legal show here in LA this passed weekend. This highly anticipated event drew a star studded line of onlookers and passersby. Just a few of the celebrities in attendance were Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Shepard Fairey, Perry Farrell (formerly Jane’s Addiction), Zack De La Rocha (formerly of Rage Against the Machine), Meg White (of the White Stripes), Jason Lee, and Jared Leto just to name a few.

Most of the buzz from the show stemmed from the live pink and gold painted elephant displayed in the living room setting. This drew heavy criticism from PETA, who began handing out bills to attendants in protest of the event.

As hoards of people lined up outside the downtown Los Angeles warehouse, attendants filed through rooms filled with stencils of work we’ve seen and some we haven’t. Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz brandished a noose on one side of a police van while a swat team brandished weapons on the other. A stencil of two British police officers embraced on the inside.

A collection of sculptures littered the space. The statue of David wore a Kevlar vest, a bust shot in the head, and an angel with a security camera in place of her head.
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47 Responses to “Featured Artist – Banksy”

  1. Tim Hollis Says:

    Great images by a great artist.

  2. Shake Says:

    Incredible

  3. brenda liz Says:

    So much meaning is into all of them…..Beautiful!

  4. lucas Says:

    Why do I think that Banksy wouldn’t give a shit that brad pitt and his wife (or any celebrity) showed up? I figure he’s probably working on some stencils with them as the subject back at his studio.

    Or maybe not, Angelina has done some good things in the name of humanity. And after all its our media and the general public that makes them “celebrities”. And then Banksy is an artists with broad appeal, brought to us by the media and the internet, its funny how these things get so convoluted.

    Good work anyway. I enjoy them especially the hard to look at ones. Banksy, may I ask that you refrain from painting any more elephants? I have seen the Edison footage too many times.

  5. Jonny Says:

    Banksy is the man. Some of his work hits the head on the nail dead on.

  6. Online Advertising Says:

    Those are some great pieces of art work.

  7. debu Says:

    fantastic art!
    want to read more abt him.

  8. Aldo2k8 Says:

    banksy is a great insperation to artists and ppl should recognise theres a difference between vandalisim and grafitti aka street art

  9. debu Says:

    awesome…
    was in london looking for his work… couldn’t find… feeling awful!

  10. friedlinx Says:

    I’ve seen better dribble in a baby’s diaper. To Banksy: No body likes what you do. the whole internet hates you. Stop trashing my world with your aerosol pollution. I bet most if not all of the above images are Photoshopped. Leave this world. Kill your self Bansky.

  11. Aldo2k8 Says:

    lmao friedlinx obviously is an abstract painter either that or a cop lmao aerosol polution take it hes working for green peace to lol obviously not really an artistic person due to the photoshopped part of the comment these are layered paint images one colour on top of another using CFC free paint lmao

    well banksy if ur reading this the ignore the above comment i think ur an insperation to all street artists

    To friedlinx: No body likes what you do. the whole internet hates you. Stop trashing my world with your stupid comments which are unjust. I bet most if not all of your time is spent being a pervert looking in babys diapers

    friedlinx=fool

    loadsa luv aldo2k8

  12. friedlinx Says:

    Your my “insperation”. Learn to spell. The whole internet is laughing at you day and night.

  13. luke Says:

    banksys a genius. friedlinx is a goon haha

  14. Inspired Says:

    Friedlinx you’re the genius. You are right, bansky does sux, and you’re brave enough to stand up and speak your mind. Bravo. Aldo2k8 I think you masturbate with nasty baby diapers. ew

  15. Inspired Says:

    Hey luke : What’s a banksys? You big fart sniffer

  16. Mrhassell Says:

    Banksy is undeniable genius and anyone who has anything different to say, is welcome to their view, marginal and pointless are optional extras but if your going to put your head in your douche bag then you might as well spit some of the contents around for art’s sake after all hey!

  17. Inspired Says:

    Mrhassell, excuse me, I believe your on the wrong internet.

  18. Mrhassell Says:

    Inspired I have been on the wrong internet full time since it hatched and was wondering if you could point me toward the right one? This obviously isn’t it… is is called AOL or AHole?

  19. debu Says:

    you idiots are fighting with each other and its got nothing to do with Banksy’s art… just your inflated egos and impotent self esteem. i think i will opt out of this super crap blog!

  20. Inspired Says:

    Hey debu webu, don’t u get it, banksy sux, these comments are the art (accept yours- yours is whiney dribble suitable for Oprahs toilet blog). Friedlinx is the master, the genius.

  21. debu Says:

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hah ahahahah ah ahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    if this is art then you can take your precious friendlinx and curl up together and we’ll see you on some faggoty show surely!

    you are real good entertainment i have to admit!

  22. aldo2k8 Says:

    Friedlinx and Inspired: banksy sucks? well if thats the case do one better and post it up

    Inspired by the way i wouldnt back friedlinx up your spelling aint so hot either Sux = Sucks
    you could put it in a sentence like friedlinx sucks shit from babys diapers or inspired sucks pen15′s
    or even Suck mine you fcuken fcuk! (and yeah its ment to be spelled like that)

    oh debu dont fall for it. friedlinx and inspired- its one person i think its funny how friedshit and incarcerated are speaking with the same style

  23. OzBrickie Says:

    I reckon you have all been stooged!

    Nice one banksy, funny as fuck.

  24. anne Says:

    hi,
    i’m anne from belgium! i like your work!
    but i have a question!
    does your work has titles? ‘cuz we’re see your work at school and talk about it!!

    greetings

    anne

  25. Ronii Says:

    i love his work- i’m researching it and doing a project on it in art- it’s so amazing!

    xo Ronii

  26. Flare Says:

    Banky IS an amazing artist. To me, the point of art is painting something controversial. I believe Art isn’t Art unless people can argue about it. That is exactly what this Artist has done. And he has done it with Flare. No one knows who he is, and yet, he has caused arguements, controversy and general confusion and laughter.

    What could be better than that? My hat is off to you Banky.

  27. Lucas Says:

    Banksy is from Bristol.
    I am from Bristol.
    Banksy is from Easton.
    I am from Easton.
    CLAIM TO FAME

  28. r10t3r Says:

    Very nice indeed.

  29. Heather Says:

    My favorite one is of the men pointing the spears at the shopping carts…to me, this one speaks volumns!

  30. Sue | Office Furniture Says:

    Wow this work is amazing and one really feels different emotions when looking at them, its almost like each work tells a story of some sorts. Thanks for sharing these.

  31. Sue Anne | African Housing Says:

    I have never heard of this artist, Banksy his work is very different but you can feel his passion in every piece I would love to see it up close and see ever detail in person, I think that his work could very well grow on me.

  32. Krodar Says:

    Its funny how even a world reknowned artist like Banksy can have trolls come to his site. I love the messages more then art of Banksy, though that is not to say it isn’t brilliant in itself. Just keep doing what you do Banksy, the critics (and trolls) are just ill informed and desperate for attention. You on the other hand, use your art to bring attention to the messages; not yourself.

  33. ROBERT HUDNALL Says:

    That’s some mighty fine stuff you’ve got there Banksy. It’s funny, thought provoking, infuriating, puzzling, iconic, ironic and a gift to the world. I love the one of the cops (authority figures) wrestling with what I suppose is street art. Neither side appears to be winning the classic struggle between art and authority. Great storytelling and while I may agree or disagree with his message, I am thrilled with his telling of the story…it it does what great art should do, it makes you think. Way to go Banksy…high fives from Texas!

  34. friedlinx Says:

    Banksy still sux in 2010. Wow imagine that.

  35. friedlinx Says:

    Wow it’s like a ghost town in here. Oh look, a tumble weed

  36. Hollywoodstuntkisser Says:

    Maybe some folks will attain puberty while dancing in a ghost town with a tumble weed.

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  38. VoSo Says:

    Banksy should do a piece on all you morons either kissing ass here or putting each other down, for what?…your opinions! Opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one, and they’re all worth shit when looking for reality.

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