Maid in London (aka Sweep It Under The Carpet) 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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This piece first appeared in Chalk Farm, London. The Independent of London made a claim that they had commissioned the work, something Banksy would later refute. Many were quick to claim that this piece was a statement against the government's reluctance to tackle issues such as Aids in Africa. Banksy describes the piece on his website, "In the bad old days, it was only popes and princes who had the money to pay for their portraits to be painted. This is a portrait of a maid called Leanne who cleaned my room in a Los Angeles motel. She was quite a feisty lady." The work later appeared in 2007 on a wall adjacent to the White Cube Gallery in London. The rendition was mysteriously painted over after standing for a month. That same year the piece was also repurposed in a collaboration with Damien Hirst. The Banksy-altered "Pharmaceutical" painting would go on to sell for $1,870,000. At the time of auction, this was the highest price Banksy had ever received for a piece.
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.