Girl With Balloon by Banksy
Girl With Balloon by Banksy
Girl With Balloon first surfaced in 2002 on a dirty concrete wall under the stairway of a loading dock in the South Bank of London. Since then, the young girl letting go of her balloon has become a popular symbol of innocence and hope in the face of diversity and is one of the best-known examples of Banksy art in the world. It is one of the most sought-after Banksy prints.
Banksy’s Girl With Balloon is timeless because it represents the childish innocence that we were all born with, and evokes a desire to protect and cherish her hopes for the future. To create the original street art piece, Banksy chose a grimy wall in an impoverished area, where the artwork’s meaning would have its greatest impact. He buffed away the stains from the wall where he intended to stencil the girl, which gives her figure a sense of purity and illumination. The little girl is stenciled in black and white, looking up toward her balloon with a hint of a smile. There is clearly wind blowing from behind the girl, which blows forward her hair and dress. She is setting free — or reaching for — her red, heart-shaped balloon; its string trails away from her fingertips as it launches buoyantly into the sky. A handwritten message next to the original graffiti art reads, “There is always hope.”
Arguably the most controversial street artist in the world, vandal and political activist Banksy, has advanced an entire art subculture devoted to his works. His identity remains unknown and anonymous, even after over 20 years of being involved with the graffiti scene. Banksy’s satirical artwork consists of several influential and often controversial images brimming with dark humor, executed with his distinctive stenciling technique. Banksy’s artwork has been displayed and conceived all over the world on streets, walls, bridges, in countries such as Australia, England, the United States, Israel, Jamaica, and even Canada. Recently, he spent an entire month glamorizing New York City with his street art, which captured the attention of thousands every day. Some of his most famous works include “Rage the Flower Thrower”(2005) and “Kissing Coppers”(2004)
Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene as he played a part in the Bristol Graffiti crew named DryBreadZ. Soon after, he began to partner with Inkie, another notable Graffiti street artist. By the age of 18, he began to develop stencils after nearly being caught by the police. He discovered that stencils were a faster and more efficient tool for street art. His stencils illustrate humorous and striking images that are occasionally combined with slogans or catchphrases in order to convey a particular message. The concepts behind his artworks are frequently political relating to messages of anti-war, anti-capitalism and anti-establishment, with the subjects often being rats, policemen, soldiers, children and the elderly. The most common form of Banksy street art, prints, and paintings that are for sale are the stencils. These are often in the form of multi-layered stencils and/or combined with other media sources, such as spray-paint.
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