May 27, 2021 / 5 Comments
British street artist Banksy has a career that has been full of experimentation, risk, and daring playfulness. His stencil-heavy motifs—of rats, cops, and kids with balloons—have simply become part of a collective cultural vocabulary, reconstructed (and ripped off) with abandon. Banksy’s signature style sprung up around the 1990s and became known around areas of Bristol. It was in the early 2000s that Banksy moved to London. This is where he started to gain notoriety; but, at the same time, his international career began.
At first, he preferred drawing and creating freehand, but in 2000 he started using stencils, in part due to how quickly they can be produced. Scroll down below and look at our selection of Banksy’s early stencil works in and around London. Again, much like his other creations, this simple image of “Flower Thrower” portrays a lot, concerning his political commentary. By using flowers as a weapon, it’s as though Banksy is sending a message that there can be peace and hope, even in places where there is a lot of conflict and destruction.
“Girl hugging TV” in Covent Garden, London, 2005
Old Street, London, 2005
East End, London, 2005
Banksy’s CCTV’s in London, 2003
Banksy’s Pooh Bear in London, 2003
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