I have long been an admirer of the art produced by British street artist Banksy. And for many reasons. His art is clever and witty and his method of delivery (mainly as graffiti) is wonderfully anti-establishment. Nobody (well, probably not quite nobody) knows his true identity.
I have been looking for some time for examples of his art that address environmental issues. Finally I found some examples on his web site.
The image above is at once funny and so sad in the truth that it depicts. The image below is witty and amusing.
I had never seen any ‘installations’ by Banksy – just graffiti and paintings. The installation below is entitled “Reconditioned dolphin ride with crude oil and tuna net” and, I guess, must be relatively recent.
If you can find it at a theatre near you or (in the UK only) are able to purchase or download the movie, I suggest that watching Banksy’s film “Exit Through The Gift Shop” (watch trailer) is worthwhile. A light-hearted and clever look at the life and art of graffiti artists.
Finally, one last image as a reminder that the now almost inevitable disappearance, through pollution and over-fishing, of life in our waterways and oceans will affect us all – not just the bears.