In the last month Banksy has been busy at work creating at least a half dozen new pieces in the UK. The first to appear was a portrait of a child worker sewing a string of Union Jack bunting for the Jubilee. It was painted on the side of a Poundland shop, a place where cheap goods, often using child-labour are sold. Tim McDonnell, Retail Director at Poundland commented: “We are fans of Banksy and we are proud supporters of the Queen’s Jubilee. Poundland has a clear defined code of conduct for all our suppliers and a strong ethical stance on all labour issues.”
This follows close behind an origami crane holding a gold fish which appeared in Lyme Regis, Dorset, a wall drawing which utilises ivy to represent a woman’s private parts, a treasure map and a wall piece stating “I hate this font”.
The mural of the Queen previously reported as a Banksy located over a local Bristol Clay Cafe and based on a 1950’s photograph of the Young Queen Elizabeth as it turns out is not by Banksy. In the mural the Queen is wearing a tiara and It shows the Monarch sporting a David Bowie, ‘Aladdin Sane’ style lightning bolt drawn on her face. It has been positively identified as by incwel and appears on the inkwel website.
The residents of Lyme Regis spotted their new addition of street art at a spot called the Lynch, near the River Lym. It shows a crane drawn to look like Japanese origami, holding a gold fish in its beak. This has been verified on the Banksy website.
The fourth piece, a treasure map which has appeared on the banksy website, the location has not been revealed, and the fifth is a word piece stating “I hate this font” It is located on Bernard Road, on the Rangemoor Industrial Estate. Very close to Seven Sisters tube station (Victoria line & Train services) and South Tottenham Overground. Approx postcode = N15 4PE.
The final work is an installation of a female form discovered in May in Highbury and Islington, London, England.
Banksy’s work usually includes a satirical social and political commentary. The mediums range from murals to sculpture and installation, often playing with the contextual aspects of the work. The artist’s first solo show was held in 2002 at Los Angeles’ 33 1/3 Gallery, and in 2003 he was commissioned to design to cover of Blur’s ThinkTank. Today, Banksy’s work appears internationally; most notably, he painted nine sardonic images on the Palestinian side of the West Bank barrier. In Summer 2009, Banksy took over the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery with an exhibition attracting over 300,000 visitors and hour-long queues all the way down the road. Banksy has also experimented with film, successfully achieving an Oscar nomination for his documentary film ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ which features the story of rival artist Mr. Brainwash. Main Photo is not a Banksy: Henry Tullip ©2012