A few years ago I started to put together a database of Banksy’s pieces. After I while I got sucked into this rabbit-hole and I still haven’t found my way out. This blog is a result of that primitive database and my obsession with Banksy.
Obsessed with Bansky?? How can one possibly be interested in such a ploy?
I can only speak for myself, but I think it has to do with the rich and layered narrative he has created, which is expressed in almost all available techniques and formats – street art, oil, acrylic, installations, sculpture, taxidermy, art-shows, books, films etc.
It could also have to do with risk-taking: Banksy’s artistic and political risk-taking is unprecedented in the art world. The risk-taking together with the overall narrative might be the answer to Banksy’s social impact.
Another way of looking at it: His art is perceived as both provocative and understandable by a broad public. We don’t have to be intellectuals or art snobs to enjoy his art. There are plenty of reasons to believe that Banksy will be regarded as the Picasso of our times, at least.
Anyway, the only purpose of this blog is to create a chronological context for Banksy’s enormous production.
(There might be some errors when it comes to dates and years, besides grammar and spelling. I’ll try to make corrections when I have time.)
Rikard Anderson, April 2016