Whether you're a Banksy fan or not, you have probably seen some of his work. Astronaut Monkey Art Graffiti Work by Banksy is an example of the type of art that has inspired millions of people around the world. It's not just a pretty mural; it can also have a profound message that makes you think about the situation you're in.
Banksy's first major show took place in Los Angeles on 19 July 2002 at the 33 1/3 Gallery, a small venue in Silverlake. His piece, "Simple Intelligence Testing", depicts a chimpanzee participating in a behavioural experiment, looking for an edible reward in a green box. The monkey then stacks the boxes on top of one another until it finds its reward and escapes through a ventilation shaft in the ceiling.
The piece was originally a mural in Jerusalem, where it depicted a protester throwing flowers. The piece was inspired by the photograph of the 'Flower Power' movement, which first appeared in 1967. Other Banksy works have been politically charged. Some of his most famous works include the 'Astronaut Monkey' mural in Hollywood. Although many debate whether this piece is by Banksy, many have hailed the artist as a modern day version of Mr. Brainwash.
While most people associate Banksy's artwork with rats, he has also been recognized for his use of mice and rats. The famous "Girl and Mouse" was painted on a New Orleans building in 2008, and remains visible despite its being covered by graffiti. A few days after its discovery, this piece was defaced. The graffiti artist subsequently took down the piece, and subsequently, the work was covered by the city authorities.
Banksy's murals are often satirical. They poke fun at humanity, highlighting its diverse social and political mores. The Devolved Parliament mural, which depicts the House of Commons chambers, is an example of this, highlighting the infamous artist's use of street art as an expression of political and social commentary. It's not difficult to see why people are so fascinated by Banksy's work.
Despite the unsettling nature of his artwork, his popularity continues to grow. Banksy's paintings are in high demand, and he has a worldwide fan base. Some of his most famous works have even made it into movies and books. During the 2013 Oscars, the best picture winner, "Inside Job," inspired Banksy to create a mural featuring a little girl holding an Oscar. The piece was created in Weston-super-Mare, UK, and inspired by 15-month-old Lara, who had damaged her father's Oscar statue. It was also shown on British public television.
A recent mural by Banksy titled "Gross Domestic Product" is up for auction at Covent Garden in London and is expected to sell for around PS450,000. Banksy's website shared a video of his stunt on his Instagram page, captioned "Better Out Than In". On 1 October, Banksy started a one-month "show" in New York City. This work was the highest-selling work sold at an auction to date. It was sold for a record-breaking price: GBP 9,879,500.