Anarchist and Mother by Banksy. Street art. Printed on top quality canvas and stretched on 0.75 pine wood bars. Ships ready to hang.
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In 2009, an art exhibition styled Banksy Versus Bristol Museum ran for more than ten weeks. On the last day, crowds waited for more than six hours just to view his street art. One of the many Banksy creations displayed was "Don't Forget Your Scarf Dear". It may not be as avant-garde or as subversive as many of the pieces displayed, but its simplicity belies the deep satirical thought it portrays.
The piece is done like an old portrait on an antique frame. The background is a warm light brown while the two people, an anarchist and mother, are shown in cool bluish light green. The woman is depicted as straightening her sons bright red scarf, the pieces only splash of vivid color. She is a typical soft, concerned motherly figure with white apron and thick dark-rimmed glasses. The son is not the typical clean-cut, straight-laced youth one would expect. Instead, he is a dangerous-looking, revolution-flag toting youth complete with leather jacket, chains, and spiky Mohawk hairstyle.
The picture expresses in artistic language the kind of acceptance a child should receive from a parent. It emphasizes the ideal that a child should be accepted for what he or she is and not based on the way the child conforms to society's norms. This message is hammered home by the subversive nature of the art.
Despite not calling himself an artist, Banksy has been considered by some as talented in that respect; he uses his original street art form, combined with Banksy stencil style. Due to the shroud of secrecy surrounding his real identity and his subversive character, Banksy has achieved somewhat of a cult following with his street art from some of the younger age group within the stenciling community. Tagging walls and billboards in the dark of night, sneaking around with a secret identity in urban areas. Leaving his political mark on the world for all to enjoy for free.
The infamous UK guerrilla artist, Banksy, is hitting the streets hard in London, Bristol, Australia, the USA, and just about everywhere in between. It's not only the curiosity of his identity that makes the artist famous, it's his impeccable political pieces and artwork that stir up discussions on the underlying themes. By calling attention to the issues depicted in his pieces, Banksy's controversial work requires people to think deeply about the issues he's attempting to bring to light.