It has been reported that a North London based graffiti artist known as Bambi has sold three works to the serious art collector and actor Brad Pitt for £60,000. The main painting was a stencil on canvas created, after an image, painted on a wall during the Royal wedding. It shows Prince William and Kate Middleton with the words ‘A Bit Like Marmite’ across their chests. The mural located at the corner of Offord Road and Liverpool Road, Barnsbury has become a tourist attraction. The other two images, one of the Queen and the other thought to be of Amy Winehouse are going to be shipped to the actors family home in Los Angeles . Pitt also attended Documenta 13 in Germany, where it was recently reported that he bought several high value items, even though nothing at Documenta is openly for sale!
Bambi is an Islington graffiti artist whose work is being touted as the new Banksy The 30 year old artist has been arrested and cautioned several times in the last few years, while creating her pieces in public places.
Born in the Liverpool Road in the Angel and brought up in Hoxton, Bambi attended Central St Martins art college and has moved on to create a number of memorable images. Her best known work is a full-length stencil portrait of Amy Whitehouse. It is located near the Sainsbury’s in Camden Town and has been protected by a sheet of plexi plastic. She told a local paper; “I like to entertain and amuse people with my art. I know what I do is illegal. It’s criminal damage, and I can get very nervous when I’m out working, often in the early hours. The trouble is I have never been able to resist a blank wall.”
Bambi has also recently sold her work to well known celebrities.Take That’s Mark Owen, and Adele commissioned a painting of Amy Winehouse and Robbie Williams recently shelled out £30,000 for a piece depicting a baby, for his young daughter. Bambi’s current list of clients also includes Rihanna, who has requested a portrait series of herself, and David Dimbleby, a British BBC political broadcaster, who has shown interest in a print of a little old lady tagged ‘Make Tea Not War’. Pitt is already a serious collector of Graffiti art having purchased a Banksy for over £100,000 and several of Shepard Fairey’s works.