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Girl with Balloon (Purple) 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, Banksy has developed an entire art subculture devoted to his works. Banksy’s art can impact any location at any given moment. His identity remains unknown, even after over 20 years of being involved with the graffiti scene. He has worked with many different types of street art media and street art types. His work not only includes many powerful, often controversial images, but they may also be found throughout the Internet as viral images.
His artwork has appeared throughout London and other locations around the world. Bansky’s artwork is characterized by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work regularly engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. Common subjects include rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family, and children. In addition to his two-dimensional work, Banksy is known for his installation artwork. One of the most celebrated of these pieces, which featured a live elephant painted with a Victorian wallpaper pattern, sparked controversy among animal rights activists. He was the subject of a 2010 documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” which examined the relationship between commercial and street art.
At this time, Banksy’s silkscreen prints and stencil paintings were racking up record-breaking sales in storied art auctions such as Sotheby’s and Bonoham’s of London. These successful sales officially broke him into the commercial business. In 2010 Banksy became a successful author and filmmaker for the film “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”
Very little is known about Banksy himself, as he refuses to be interviewed and keeps his identity carefully maintained. A world-renowned mystery man, Banksy has risen through the ranks to become one of the world’s greatest street artists partly by creating an urgency to understand his character. Street art fanatics are consistently satisfied with every piece of art he delivers, though he often leaves them wanting more. This tactic carries one’s curiosity to explore a completely new perspective or idea, leaving his artistic creations to inspire beginning and advanced artists.
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