A new Banksy style mural located in the London Bridge area has been unveiled for Easter. Already nicknamed, ‘The Stations of the Cross’ the mural shows Christ carrying the cross while police taser him and the paparazzi photograph him, in his suffering. This work of art definitely shares the hallmarks of a genuine Banksy, however it has been confirmed by his PR company, not to be the genuine article.
The stations of the cross is a series of artistic representations, often sculptural, depicting Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion in the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus before he died. The devotions using that series to commemorate the Passion, often moves physically around a set of stations. The vast majority of Roman Catholic churches now contain such a series, typically placed at intervals along the side walls of the nave; in most churches these are small plaques with reliefs or paintings. The tradition as chapel devotion began with St. Francis of Assisi and extended throughout the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period. It may be done at any time, but is most commonly done during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday and on Friday evenings during Lent.
The unconventional UK graffiti artist Banksy’s work typically includes satirical social and political commentary, and ranges 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.
Recently the artist has experimented with film, achieving an Oscar nomination for his documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop. Consistently controversial, Banksy is described by some as genius and others as a vandal. Regardless of whether he is inspiring admiration or provoking outrage, his name is one that is well-known around the world. His early career, between 1990 and 1994, was that of a traditional freehand graffiti artist in the Bristol underground scene. The stenciling technique for the ‘guerrilla art’ for which he is now better known was first seen around 2000 and is widely thought to have been inspired by Blek le Rat (Xavier Prou), one of the first Parisian graffiti artists who is also known as the ‘Father of Stencil Graffiti.’
This mural both stylistically and in terms of content displays all of the characteristics of Banksy. The artist’s PR company JBPR has told ArtLyst that; “The new piece that has appeared in London is NOT by Banksy – would it be possible to adjust your story? Thanks very much” It first appeared on the Art Below twitter page late on Thursday. No location has been pinpointed. Happy Easter!
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