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Mrs. Fox

Enigmatic Graffiti Artist

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“Is graffiti art or vandalism?

“I originally set out to try and save the world, but now I’m not sure I like it enough.” - Banksy

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“Remember crime against property is not real crime. People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey

meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access,”

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Interesting…• Banksy is the

pseudonym of a "guerrilla" street artist known for his controversial, and often politically themed, stenciled pieces

• Believed to be born in Bristol, England around 1974

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Satire• The use of humor,

irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices

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“Biography”

• In 2010 Time Magazine named Banksy one of the top 100 most influential people

• He supplied a picture of himself with a paper bag (recyclable, naturally) over his head

• His documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, which was nominated for an Academy Award

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Big Bucks• In 2008, Bono and

Sotheby’s organized the biggest charity art auction ever, raising $42.5 million to support AIDS programs in Africa

• Banksy’s Ruined Landscape sold for $385,000.

• A Vandalized Phone Box sold for $605,000.

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Process• Creates his own

original stencils• plays on the

perspective and edges of existing surface on which he is stenciling

• Spray paint/hand painting finishing

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Influence• Blek Le Rat• “Father of

Stencil Graffiti” • Inventor of the

life-sized stencil, as well as the first to transform stencil from basic lettering into pictoral art

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Project on the Wall of the West Bank

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This Photograph on the left is from the Vietnam War taken June 8, 1972. It shows Kim Phuc as a 9 year-old-girl running from her home by Trang Bang after it was attacked in a Napalm blast.

The piece on the right is titled, “Napalm”, by Banksy, 2004.